Hall, a pupil at Ellesmere College is an inspiring example of the support and
opportunities available to students through the global network of Old
who lives in Baschurch attended The Corbet School for his secondary education
and had a passion
for science, but at the same time loved writing and the arts. So to say he had
trouble deciding on GCSE options, let alone a career. Ben hovered between
wanting to pursue engineering, theoretical physics, biochemistry or medical
journalism before finally settling on medicine.
In an impressive set of GCSE results Ben achieved 7A*s, 4As
and a C in a Critical Thinking A-level. Whilst in Year 10 he was introduced to
Ellesmere College at a higher education evening at The Corbet School where he
soon realised that Ellesmere far exceeded other sixth forms he had seen,
particularly with the combination of academics, sport and the arts. He was
further convinced by the scholarships and bursaries that were available to him
and to other local students.
Ben was nominated for, and won, the Silver Cross Academic
Scholarship, which was created by Mr. Alan Halsall, himself an Old Ellesmerian,
who committed to support and mentor Ben through the two years of his Sixth Form
"I know, commented Ben, that
without the support and encouragement of Mr Halsall, I would not have been able
to attend Ellesmere College. The opportunity he has created is fantastic and I
hope that the tradition of Ellesmere Alumni funding scholarships and mentoring
students continues for many years to come. It is totally life changing."
Ben has embraced every element of student life at Ellesmere,
taking part in inter-house sporting events such as hockey, in which he
represents the first team. He has won many writing competitions and attended
Oxford for a three day Biology Master class which has had a significant
influence on his career choice to be a doctor. Whilst at Oxford Ben sat classes
on higher level biology and then went through the reputedly unique 'Oxford
interview' for medicine. For the past year he has also volunteered at
the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
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