Place at top private school thanks to firm
A teenager has won a bursary to study at one of the region's top private schools after impressing bosses at an architecture and design group.
Stacey Corkhill, a 16-year-old at Hetton Comprehensive near Sunderland, will study A-levels at Newcastle's Royal Grammar School after impressing the Red Box Design Group and winning its bursary to RGS.
Stacey will be one of nearly 100 students on bursaries at RGS after an appeal to former students and businesses in the North raised nearly £3m to open access to the school. She will receive financial support while completing four A-levels and will also do work experience at Red Box in her holidays.
Company chairman Alan J Smith said: "We were searching for a motivated and naturally talented individual for whom the financial support would make a genuine difference. Stacey is the perfect candidate.
"She has shown a great passion for drawing by hand, while enjoying learning how computer-aided design can augment her own work. She has great depth for a GCSE student, using personal experience in her art, and showing maturity in the planning and presentation of her work. As well as being obviously talented, Stacey is friendly and polite. Not only do we look forward to watching her flourish in her studies at RGS, but we also look forward to expanding her horizons while she gains work experience within the various departments of Red Box Design Group."
Red Box is one of a number of companies and individuals that have contributed to the RGS bursary campaign. Headteacher James Miller began the campaign in 2002 to give people whose families might not be able to afford the school's fees the chance to benefit from its education. Stacey said: "I'm very grateful for the bursary, and my family are all really proud. Without the support from Red Box Design Group, I would be unable to attend the Royal Grammar School. My ambition is to be an interior designer, so this is a perfect opportunity to gain invaluable experience, both through the schooling and the work experience."
Shirley Brown, head of art at Hetton Comprehensive, said: "Stacey's parents have encouraged her all the way, and winning the bursary has motivated her all the more in the last few weeks of her GCSE art course.
"As well as an excellent exam entry, Stacey has put in extra work at home, re-doing much of her course work before it is submitted. This scheme has been a great incentive."