A new scholarship programme has launched at a Penrith primary school.
Hunter Hall has today launched The Kirk Global Scholarship Award programme, which comprises of three scholarships.
The 2021/22 Awards includes a major award worth 30 per cent of school tuition fees and two minor awards of 10 per cent.
The programme is open to all children entering Year 5 in September, and scholarships run for the duration of years five and six.
The school is keen to hear from families across Cumbria whose children would benefit from the opportunities on offer at Hunter Hall.
The successful candidates will need to show a passion for learning, recognise their responsibility as a global citizen and demonstrate considerable academic potential to do well in core school subjects, as well as interest and ability in sport and/or music.
Scholarship exams take place on May 14 and the deadline for registration is May 7.
Headteacher Donna Vinsome said: “We’ve had a long-held ambition here to create a scholarship programme to support more families as they seek out the best primary education to suit their individual child’s needs.
“The Kirk Global Scholarship Award has been named in loving memory of Peter Kirk, our former chairman of governors.
“He was passionate about education and the difference it could make to a child’s life and future.
“Coming from modest beginnings, he immediately recognised the value of education and was keen that as many children as possible had access to it.
“He wanted children to have an appreciation of their school and the world in which they live, taking responsibility for their actions in making a positive impact on the world around them.
“Education equals empowerment and this scholarship programme embodies his beliefs. We’re all looking forward to meeting local families and their children who may become our very first ‘scholars’.”
The scholarship programme joins another new initiative for 2021 – a morning bus service using the school’s own minibus so that routes can be tailored to families’ needs.
It is hoped that the route will service a radius of about 15 – 20 miles and has been borne out of several enquires asking about the possibility of offering school transport.