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Case Studies

Ian’s Story

Attended Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College in Stockport, Cheshire, where he studied for A Levels in English Literature, History, German and Mathematics. Iain has been accepted to Yale on a full scholarship.

I cannot wait to begin study at Yale; the university will provide avenues for academic and social exploration which for me far outstrip those of the rigidly-defined UK undergraduate courses I may have otherwise taken.

Ian Barr, Yale University Class of 2017

Suffolk tennis star is off to America


18 year old Paul Midgley from Elmsett near Hadleigh landed the prized opportunity of a prestigious scholarship in America this year after weeks of applications and interviews. Paul will be studying English literature whilst concentrating on his tennis at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire from September 2014.

Paul praised teachers for their support. He said, “My teachers wrote references for me and my personal progression tutor (Ian Brown) has been incredibly helpful.”

Ian, who used to play professional football for Bristol City, said, “Paul has done amazingly well to get this opportunity. He talks to other students about his experiences and has encouraged them to consider the possibility of going abroad. It’s a big world out there and it’s important that young people realise that. You get a lot more than an education when you study abroad. The life experience Paul will get from this experience will help set him up for life.”

Paul was ranked in the top ten of UK players in his age group last year and can’t wait to start his American adventure. He said, “This can only help my game. The knowledge I will get from the coaches will be invaluable as I look to achieve my goal of becoming a professional tennis player. The mental side of the game is tough so I will be looking to improve this area of my game in the States. The USA is very big on confidence and self-belief and getting an idea of how they do things over there can only help me in the long run.”

Sports teacher Paul Rea added, “What Paul has done in his short career and in terms of securing this opportunity abroad is nothing short of inspirational. As an educational establishment we will be doing all we can to support him.”


Katrina's American dream comes true with scholarship to top university


Katrina, 18, from Cheadle Hulme, will study Mechanical Engineering at Princeton in New Jersey

Katrina Davies, 18, from Cheadle Hulme, will study mechanical engineering at Princeton in the US after winning a scholarship

A straight-A pupil will leave university debt-free - after winning a scholarship to elite American university Princeton.

Katrina Davies, 18, from Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, will study mechanical engineering at the American Ivy League base in New Jersey and travel the world as part of her course.

Katrina, who got 11 A*s and one A in her GCSEs, won the place after applying through the Sutton Trust - which works with the American Fulbright Scholarship Programme to help Britain’s pupils study in America.

And unlike the students staying closer to home likely to be saddled with huge debt - Katrina’s tuition and living expenses will be covered by the college for her four-year course.

The Loreto Grammar School pupil said: “Once I qualified for funding through the Sutton Trust financially it was much more sensible for me to study in America, but it’s much more than that. This is the chance of a lifetime.”

“I was attracted by Princeton’s concern to contribute to society both in and around its base in New York State but also on global projects. Studying in America also means I can continue with my other interests and take classes in Literature and Latin alongside my Engineering course. It’s going to be a big move and I’ll miss my family and friends, but I’ll be on Skype and sending emails.”

Katrina, who volunteers helping the disabled, would like to get a job in biomechanics, in the development of prosthetic limbs.

She added: “It simply would not have happened without the Sutton Trust and I would advise any young person with the necessary GCSE grades to think seriously about applying.”

Katrina is one of 61 state school students from the UK who will be starting their degrees at US universities including Harvard, Yale and Princeton with the help of the Trust.

Helen Jordan, director of Loreto Grammar School Sixth Form, said: “Loreto is part of a global network of schools and as Internationality is one of our school values, we want our students to have as wide a choice as possible. Outstanding candidates such as Katrina are in demand and I am delighted the Sutton Trust has enabled her to take this wonderful opportunity