A year 13 student at leading girls’ grammar Beaconsfield High School has beaten off stiff competition from her peers to win a prestigious scholarship.

Kristina Shaw has won this year’s prize for scientific engagement, a valuable scholarship offered by the school in tandem with its corporate supporter, global healthcare communications agency emotive.

The scholarship prize includes the opportunity to undertake work experience and an internship at the emotive. offices in London, where the winner is able to experience time with each of the departments before becoming a fully-fledged member of the team during the summer break between the first and second years of university. 

As well as the unique hands-on opportunity, the winner also receives Apple computer equipment and book vouchers to assist with studying at university. 

Kristina said: “I am very excited at the prospect of the internship with emotive. 

“I intend to take Natural Sciences at university, but my thoughts on my future career are still very much open.

"Spending an extended period of time within a multi-faceted business will certainly help to broaden my horizons on what might interest me. 

“For me, the agency’s interest in raising awareness of STEM and the sciences was a real draw in potentially working as an intern with them.”

Head teacher Rachel Smith feels passionately about building on the school’s programme of scholarships. 

She said: “We have students from all walks of life working hard to achieve academic greatness within our walls. 

“Our goal is to provide them with unique opportunities that put them on a level playing field with their most competitive of peers, and to open the door to experiences that they may not be able to source themselves and, which, ultimately extend their knowledge and capabilities in order to reach their goals.”

If you run a business that can be linked to one of the school’s A-Level subjects, email marketing@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk.