Pair sweep boards on award night

Rossall headmaster Dr Stephen Winkley with sixth form students Abi Pritchard and Rebecca Davies.

Rossall headmaster Dr Stephen Winkley with sixth form students Abi Pritchard and Rebecca Davies.

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THESE two pupils swept the board at their school’s prize-giving evening.

Rossall School sixth form student, Rebecca Davies, this year became one of only a handful of students to achieve gold standard in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, earning a trip to London to receive her award from HRH the Earl of Wessex.

The 18-year-old, from Cleveleys, is also hoping her A-level results will be good enough to earn her a place at Oxford University, where she hopes to study philosophy, politics and economics.

Chess prodigy and fellow sixth form student, Abigail Pritchard, from Carleton, has impressed senior figures at Carnival Cruise Lines so much she is off around the world for two years as part of the company’s officer training programme, which will see the England chess team player making the right move towards a degree in nautical science.

Both teenagers picked up a clutch of prizes at Rossall’s end of year prize day event.

Presenting the school prizes, Rossall’s headmaster Dr Stephen Winkley said: “In a time when young people are being accused for lacking drive or application, Rebecca and Abigail provide fantastic role models for younger children. “Their achievements are exceptional this year and have been a result of hard work, dedication and no shortage of raw talent.

“For Rebecca to gain a Gold Duke of Edinburgh award is remarkable and if she gets her place in Oxford it will be well-deserved.

“Abigail’s scholarship on the ocean waves is also not unexpected. She is intelligent and diligent and I have often said she’d go far.”

Rebecca will be eagerly awaiting her A-level results on August 16 to cement her place at Oxford.

Abigail, who took the International Baccalaureate Diploma, has already received her results. She passed the demanding alternative to A-levels with flying colours.