Highflyer heads to Cambridge University with help of OCR bursaries

An 18 year old from Market Drayton is one of 13  talented A Level students from the West Midlands who have won bursaries from exam board OCR to support them with studies at the University of Cambridge.

The students, all of whom are about to begin studies at Cambridge, will receive £3,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies. This will allow them to make the most of their time at university rather than worrying about money.

Brody Wooding, 18, attended Shrewsbury Colleges Group, and will be studying Natural Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge.

Said Brody: “I was thrilled when I found out I'd been awarded the bursary. I am very thankful as it will have such a positive impact on my time at university, giving me financial independence and allowing me to take up opportunities which otherwise I would not have been able to participate in.”

Commenting on Brody Wooding, Andrew Keohane, Physics teacher at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, said: “Brody was a hard working student who was focused on his studies but never at the expense of stopping to help another student if they needed help. His determination to achieve highly was unwavering. He was a true asset to any class he was in and a stand out example of an excellent student.”  His Maths teacher Chris Luther commented: “Brody was part of a four person team that represented us at the UKMT (UK Maths Trust) Senior Team Challenge, which won the Regional Final in Wolverhampton to qualify for the grand final in London where the team finished 34th out of over 100 teams. Over 1300 schools and colleges entered the competition from all over the UK. He showed fantastic problem solving, teamwork and organisational skills against the clock. He had put in hours of his own time preparing for the competition before the day.”

The bursary winners were celebrated at an event at OCR’s Coventry offices. Congratulating the students on their achievements, Saul Nassé, Chief Executive of OCR’s parent organisation, Cambridge Assessment, said: “We feel lucky to play our small part in helping these 13 outstanding students with their studies at Cambridge University. They won places at Cambridge, so they are all academic high flyers but they have other talents too. Many have supported other students in their schools and carried out voluntary work in their local communities. There are also gifted musicians, performing artists, sportspeople, debaters and science and maths competition winners amongst them.  It has been great to meet them today, along with their families and the teachers who have inspired and supported them. I am sure they will all flourish at Cambridge University and I wish them all the best for their time in college and beyond.”

Now in its 16th year, the OCR bursary helps students in the West Midlands to make the most of their studies at the University of Cambridge. The bursary fund arises out of OCR’s historical association with the West Midlands Examinations Board. OCR, which is part of Cambridge Assessment – the University’s international examinations group – incorporated the West Midlands Board at one time. OCR has had a base in Coventry for more than 25 years.

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) is a leading UK awarding body, providing a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. OCR qualifications include A Levels, GCSEs, and vocational qualifications such as Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals. Each year students gain more than one million OCR qualifications, which are offered by around 6000 centres including schools, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, training providers, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and businesses ranging from SMEs to multinational organisations. OCR is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group. www.ocr.org.uk