Coming to the UK at the age of 10, I had to adapt to a completely new lifestyle and education system. I struggled in my first two years of secondary education, which was at a local state high school. I did not get much support as an ESL student and the classroom atmosphere was often quite chaotic. My parents recognised that I was not fulfilling my full academic potential and decided to transfer me to a private school. After some research and advice from friends, we tried the Ipswich School’s Year 9 entrance exam.
“Whilst waiting to hear back about my results, we discussed the possibility that, even if I did get in, we probably couldn’t afford it.”
Without some financial support such as a scholarship or bursary, it would be a heavy burden on the family. So when we received the acceptance letter and saw that I had qualified for the bursary scheme, we couldn’t even believe it. It seemed too good to be true.
Thanks to the bursary scheme, I was lucky enough to have experienced high-quality education at one of the best schools in the country. My time at Ipswich School enabled me to thrive academically and helped pave the way for my future university and career path. I also met some amazing people during the five years at the school and made long-lasting friendships.
“I am so grateful for all the help I received. It is the generosity of the school and the amazing teachers here that have allowed me to become who I am now.”
I sincerely hope that, in the future, more students from less-privileged backgrounds can be given this opportunity to aim high in life and receive the education they deserve.
Wendy Sun OI (2012-17)