Priestley students win university scholarships

Charlie Brittlebank and Ashley Carley. Picture by Luke Hayes
Charlie Brittlebank and Ashley Carley.
Picture by Luke Hayes

TWO Warrington students have been awarded university scholarships that will help them gain a global perspective on life.

Charlie Brittlebank and Ashley Carley, who both study at Priestley College in Warrington, impressed their universities so much they made it onto a very short list of students to receive the honours.

King’s College London has awarded Charlie, from Grappenhall, the £7,500 Desmond Tutu Scholarship to help support him through his studies.

The former Lymm High School pupil is one of only four who made the grade this year from 600 applicants.

Charlie, who is 19 and will study International Relations at King’s, said: “I want to work in international human rights and gay rights and possibly work in south Africa where there is a real battle to be fought.

“I realised during my time as Vice President on the college council the importance of getting people involved and fighting for a cause and that is something I want to continue to do in my career.”

Charlie currently studies A Levels in English Literature, English Language and History at College as well as Priestley’s prestigious Graduate programme, which helps assist high achievers in securing places in top universities.

To receive the scholarship, Charlie had to explain why being educated at King’s would help him to make a difference to society.

Sam Javed, of the Student Funding Office at King’s, wrote to Charlie to say he had demonstrated ‘academic excellence and academic potential’.

“This scholarship recognises not only your past achievements but also our belief that you have the capacity to thrive in your studies here with us at King’s,” he wrote.

Ashley Carley, from Sankey and a former Penketh High student, will head to the University of Sheffield after completing her A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, History, English and the Graduate programme.

The 18-year-old has received the global scholarship, which will see her spend a summer in either America, Australia, Asia or Canada at one of Sheffield’s partner universities.

Ashley, who volunteers at St Rocco’s and works with disabled children at Warrington Youth Club, hopes to pursue a career conducting research into neurodegenerative diseases. She will study Genetics at university.

“Helping people through science is my ideal career,” she said.

Both students thanked tutors Mark Salmon and Fran Evans for their support during their time at Priestley College.

They said: “Mark and Fran have pushed us to aim for things we would never have gone for without them.”

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