Sixth former Jess wins Bright Young Thing Award

SIXTH former Jess Urquhart has been awarded a coveted Bright Young Thing Award in recognition of the determination and commitment she shows balancing success on the ice with efforts at school.

Jess (18) picked up the accolade as judges for the Nottingham Post’s Heroes Awards 2016 commended the way she continues to have worldwide success as a speed skater AND ice hockey player as well as studying for her A levels.

Jess trains with the Team GB skate squad several times a week and is ranked first in her age group, is the current U17 British Champion, holds three British relay records and has landed herself a qualifying spot at the European Super Finals.

As an ice hockey player, she is no less accomplished, playing for GB U18 and senior women’s teams and is the first female ever to play for the Lions Senior Men’s team.

Jess playing with the Lions senior men's team

Jess playing with the Lions senior men’s team


Officer scholarship for Sam

YEAR 13 SAM Pickett is about to see his dreams become a reality after gaining a coveted scholarship to the prestigious army academy at Sandhurst.

Sixth former Sam (18), is one of just a handful of applicants from across the country to successfully complete an arduous three-day selection process guaranteeing him a place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, after finishing university.


The committed teenager showed dedication, professionalism and courage as he faced a series of tests, including physical and mental agility, reasoning and problem solving.

The scholarship means Sam will now be funded throughout his final year of sixth form and also during university. After finishing his degree he will automatically start a 48 week commissioning course at Sandhurst – on completion of which he will become a 2nd Lieutenant and then be allocated a unit.

Said Sam: “The terms of the scholarship mean I must stay in the army for at least three years after leaving Sandhurst.  I guess a lot of my future is mapped out for me, but that’s great. I’ve always hoped I could become an army officer and now that dream’s being realised.”