Skye is a day student in Southfield House and an Academic Scholar who has been at Rugby since the F Block (year 9). She led the Academic Levee (School Prefects) this year with characteristic calmness, clarity and determination, and was awarded the Levee prize for the contribution she made to the creation of a peer mentoring system that allowed our E Block (year 10) students to benefit from regular study support from the LXX (year 12). She also brought the “Student Guide to Upper School subjects” into being, gathering and editing student insights into the nature of Sixth Form subjects. Skye has a passion for history and has contributed to Hydra and the History Society, presenting a paper entitled ‘A State of Terror? Britain and Kenya’ earlier this year. She also worked tirelessly on the Schools of Empire project, producing a podcast which researched the history of a Yoruba Divination Bowl and writing a blog post about the repatriation of objects. Her extended essay explored the British Judiciary and the Mau Mau uprising. She was highly commended in the Peter Cane legal reasoning essay for Corpus Cristi, Law being a long–standing area of interest and the subject that she plans to study at LSE. She was commended for her translation from Italian into English in the 2022 Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators. She is also an enthusiastic participant in the School’s Zumba and aerobics sports options. The 44 points she scored on the IB Diploma is only a narrow insight into her intellectual capability and the broader impact she has had on the school.
Neal boards in School Field, having joined Rugby for the Sixth Form as an Academic Scholar. Neal embraced the IB Diploma from his very first Teams interview and has thrown himself into it with the humour, intelligence and curiosity that have characterised his leadership style as Deputy Head of School (a senior prefect). Having taught himself GCSE Latin in his free time Neal developed a love of Classics that he was able to fully explore as a DP student, by taking Latin at Higher Level, and achieving a highly sought after grade 7. He developed his knowledge and understanding even further through his Latin extended essay on the characterisation of Dido for which he received a Grade A. It is therefore no surprise that he that he was offered a place to study Latin at UCL. True to his experiences on the IB, this offer includes a year studying abroad. The 44 points he attained in his Diploma is richly deserved and demonstrates the breadth and depth of his academic skills. Not limited to academic work only, he epitomised the spirit of the school, he was Secretary of the Tawney Society, completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and bossed it on the Badminton court.
Liv boarded in Dean House, and joined Rugby in the E Block (year 10). Her 41 points on the IB Diploma allowed her to meet her offer to read Geography at Oxford. Academically determined and curious, she has also thrown herself into the co-curricular life of the School. Her impact has been greatest in the CCF, she won the Sword of Honour in the LXX (year 12) and was the female Regimental Sargent Major at Rugby in her XX year (year 13). Of particular note was her role in the Royal Marines team that won a stand at the prestigious Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy competition. Liv was also a member of the Co-curricular Levee (School Prefects) and played an important part representing the student voice to the School over the course of her final year. She completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh, represented the School girls’ XV, and Rugby VII at Rosslyn Park, played for the girls’ soccer XI and has played girls’ cricket. To top it all she sings, was a member of Debating Club and Fashion Society, and founded the Jewlery Making Club. Few students have better represented the School’s Whole Person Whole Point ethos.