Monday 18th Sep 2023

Oliver awarded prestigious Army scholarship




Christ’s Hospital is proud to announce that Oliver McAuliffe, a GR/Year 13 student, has been successful in his application for an Army scholarship. Ollie impressed in the highly competitive process, which requires strong academic references, physical assessment, and selection board interviews. Only 100 scholarships are awarded each year in the UK, and the Army Officer Scholarship Scheme guarantees up to £10,000 in financial support, beginning in Year 13. It also guarantees a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a career as an Army Officer after education.

Ollie is currently studying A levels in chemistry, mathematics, geography, and mathematics and is the CCF Senior Cadet holding the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. He is also Band Captain of the CH Band!

Oliver has had an incredible year with the CCF, attending a variety of courses and training camps to develop and hone his skills. He attended the internal leadership course, the Cadet Force Instructional course, and the Senior Cadet Instructors course, achieving a highly competent pass in all three.

Of the scholarship selection process, Ollie said, ‘Although the selection process was intensive, with the final stage involving three days of interviews, tests, and exercises at the Army Officer Selection Board in Westbury, Wiltshire, I enjoyed the challenge and learned from the experience. I also made some good friends.’

The Army Scholarship encourages its students to complete their education to degree level, and Ollie intends to pursue a degree in engineering following his A levels next summer.

‘We are incredibly proud of Ollie’s achievement in securing this prestigious scholarship,’ said Head Teacher of Christ’s Hospital, Simon Reid. ‘His hard work and dedication to the CCF and his studies have paid off, and we are excited to see where his Army career takes him. Christ’s Hospital is committed to supporting our students in their extracurricular pursuits, and we believe that Oliver’s success is a testament to the quality of our academic and support programmes.’