Outstanding students head to Cambridge University with OCR bursaries

Fifteen exceptional students have been awarded OCR bursaries to support them with their studies at the University of Cambridge. These star students, who include Baylee Neal from Thomas Adams Sixth Form, took their A Levels at schools and colleges across the West Midlands.

OCR Chief Executive, Jill Duffy, sent a special message to each of the students today. She said: “We are once again thrilled by the rich pool of highly talented and hardworking students across the West Midlands. It’s hugely rewarding for us at OCR to play a small part in helping these impressive young people with our bursaries. They are worthy winners not only because of their academic achievement and potential but because of their resilience and positive impact on others.”

Arising from our historical association with the West Midlands Examinations Board, the OCR bursary scheme supports students from the West Midlands going to the University of Cambridge. Now in its 19th year, recipients of the OCR bursaries receive £3,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies which they can use for living or tuition costs, or a combination of both.

After a difficult few years for young people who’ve had their education disrupted, and who face financially challenging times, we’re delighted to have been able to offer a high number of awards this year.

Mr Allen, Head of Thomas Adams Sixth Form, added “We are delighted Baylee has been awarded this bursary, it is well deserved and a fantastic reward for his efforts throughout his A Level study and everyone at Thomas Adams is extremely proud of his accomplishments so far, and those to come!”.


This year’s OCR bursary winners include:

Stoke-on-Trent school (2 students)

Ed Hulme from the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Richard Shumilin-Croxton from the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College


Shropshire school

Baylee Neal from Thomas Adams School and Sixth Form


Warwickshire schools (4 students)

Dylan Shearsby from Alcester Grammar School

Rohan Gogna from Warwick School

Zaynah Mulla from Higham Lane School

Sona Urbanova from The Polesworth School


Birmingham schools (2 students)

Mushkan Pradhan from King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Zara Castellino from Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls


Wolverhampton schools (2 students)

Sonata Mieliauskaite from Colton Hills Community School

Sonia Sapkota from The Phoenix Collegiate


Coventry school

Daniel Harrison from Caludon Castle School


Hereford and Worcester schools (2 students)

Gracie Battson from Hereford Sixth Form College who will be starting in October 2023

Emmanuel Adesola from Worcester Sixth Form College


Applications for OCR’s bursary scheme will re-open in spring 2023.

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Lowe Hill
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