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The Connolly Foundation

In January 2020, Wootton Academy Trust was invited to become one of three new partner institutions with the Connolly Foundation.


This partnership enables the Trust’s Year 13 students who are applying to university to apply for the foundation’s Academic Excellence Award - a bursary of up to £1,000 per year to support their progress through university. Applicants may live anywhere in Bedfordshire. This Academic Excellence Award is available to applicants studying certain core academic subjects. Successful applicants will need to achieve A level passes at grade A*, A and B in a combination of two of these subjects, plus one other subject at A level/BTEC.


The foundation’s Discretionary Award Scheme enables each partner institution to nominate six students from those who apply from that institution. The eligibility criteria for the discretionary award scheme are different, in so far as there are no requirements on subjects studied or on grades achieved in the qualifications and students do not need to be going into further education. The Discretionary Award is worth up to £500 per year. Successful applicants not attending University will receive one payment only. Students going onto University can apply for further awards in years 2 and 3 of their degree course.


Mrs Ashby, Head of Careers is our Connolly Foundation link member of staff and can be contacted on with any questions relating to these awards.

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