The Mark Lawrence Science Scholarship
In 2011, following the untimely death of a much loved and respected parent of three College pupils, the College together with Mark Lawrence's family initiated an appeal. The intention was to provide a bursary of up to 75% for a local student from aged 11, gifted in science, who would not otherwise have been able to afford the fees.
The College and Mark Lawrence's family are delighted that we have been able to award this to Sophie Crooks, an eleven year old girl from Lindfield Primary School who joined Ardingly in September 2012.
An update on how Sophie well is doing at Ardingly College:
I am now in the LVI studying Mathematics, Chemistry, Philosophy and English Literature. I took my GCSE examinations last year, achieving 11 A*s (English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Triple Science, Geography, Divinity and Philosophy, Latin, French and PE). I also sat the Further Maths paper and achieved an A. I played for the ISFA Under 16’s National Football Team whereby we beat Scotland in a friendly match last Christmas. I am now playing for the College Under 18’s team, and we recently got to the quarter finals of the National Tournament. Out of school, I play for Southdown FC team (girls local league) but am leaving to join Crawley FC Ladies Reserves imminently. I participated in the whole Senior School Piano recital last week, playing Intermezzo by Brahms. I also took part in the Ardingly Young Musician of the Year competition, playing Scherzo by Arnold on the Clarinet. I have been given so many opportunities to excel at Ardingly and I am very grateful.
At Ardingly College we currently grant Bursaries to 10% of our pupils; however we are not content to stay at this level. We are delighted with the transformative effect that a Bursary at Ardingly can have on the lives of those who receive it. Rather than read what we have to say, it is perhaps more useful to read what one of the recipients - Josh Higgins - has to say about his time and experiences at Ardingly.