Lydia Clark (11-13), currently a student of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at St John’s College Cambridge where she achieved a First in her Prelim examinations has been elected by the College Council to the Dr John Dowman’s Exhibition Scholarship. The award was made at a ceremony in the College Chapel on 1 November 2014 at which Lydia became a member of the Foundation of the College.
In addition to the Scholarship, Lydia has also been awarded a Wright Prize worth £500. This prize is awarded to ‘a candidate whose performance in the First Class in an Approved Examination is judged to have been of special merit, usually within the top third of the First Class across the University’.
Her parents are of course thrilled with her success, as are her former teachers at Pocklington. Headmaster, Mark Ronan commented “I am delighted with Lydia’s well-deserved success. She is an inspiring role model to her peers and as the school celebrates its 500th year it is fantastic that an Old Pocklingtonian has achieved a John Dowman award at St John’s College. Both the role of John Dowman, the founder of Pocklington School and our close links with St John’s College were reaffirmed earlier this year in the keynote speech at Prizegiving given by the Master of St John’s, Professor Christopher Dobson.”
Aside from her academic achievements, Lydia is taking full advantage of every aspect of College life. She said “Cambridge University is an amazing experience. My course is taught by some of the foremost experts in their field and the personal style of teaching, with a one-to-one session every week, allows you to progress much faster academically. Also the well-established nature of the university means that there is a wide variety of other activities: I have been able to row for a term before becoming heavily involved in the technical side of theatre production in the latter part of the year. I’ve even had the opportunity to do fashion-modelling for the University magazine, which was fun!”