Geoffrey Bond, Southwell resident and former Sheriff of the City of London (2004), is delighted to announce that the Scholarship Scheme which for a number of years has provided summer placements to students from Inner London schools, is once again offering the Scheme across regions; the first school to be involved being in Nottingham.
Five placements have been awarded to students from The Becket School in West Bridgford, Nottingham who, this summer, will be learning about the cultural economy through working with a number of London institutions: Victoria Denney at Keats House Museum; Olivia James at The Geffrye Museum; Orla Hickey at Whitechapel Art Gallery; Alissia Di Cosmo at the Royal Opera House; Samantha Holden at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Geoffrey Bond has said that this is extremely good news to see the Scheme developing its outreach programme in general and with a local Nottingham school in particular, where five outstanding pupils have won awards for placements this summer.
James McGeachie, Headteacher at The Becket School said, ‘We are extremely grateful for the work that Geoffrey has done to give so many of our young people this amazing opportunity this year.’ When speaking to Olivia she expressed,’ I am really looking forward to this brilliant opportunity to thrive and work in The Geffrye Museum. I can’t wait to learn even more about our fascinating culture.’
Hannah Snell, The Chief Administrator of the Scheme and Head of Learning at the City of London Academy, Southwark, said that the Scheme started by Geoffrey Bond in 2010 under the patronage of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, is doing much to help young people get a better understanding of the cultural economy. This summer will see some nineteen youngsters, including those from The Becket School Nottingham, attending at a variety of cultural institutions: The Royal Collections at Buckingham Palace; London Metropolitan Archives; The Royal Academy; The Guildhall Art Gallery and others.