News Item: January 2009
Sir Peter Ogden and Tim Simmons, Chief Executive of the Ogden Trust, made a flying visit, literally, to Bolton School to meet the school's Ogden Scholars. The duo flew in by helicopter from the Channel Islands via Cambridge and landed on the girls' lacrosse pitch before meeting up with the scholars. Several years ago the Ogden Trust sponsored talented young people from primary schools in the state sector to join 60 of the UK's top independent schools. Since 2001, 35 pupils have passed through Bolton School as recipients of scholarships from the Ogden Trust.
During the visit, Sir Peter and Mr Simmons found out how the students were faring and what they were planning to do after finishing their studies. They then enjoyed lunch with the Headmaster and Headmistress, as well as a number of managers from companies that have co-funded the scholarships.
Sir Peter is originally from Rochdale and, having become a multi-millionaire through his own computer business, set up the Ogden Trust with the aim of encouraging bright children from low income backgrounds to study science, particularly Physics.
The Ogden Trust Science Scholarships now operate at Sixth Form and Undergraduate level. This year Bolton School is hoping to enlist a number of Sixth Form students from the state sector as Ogden Scholars. Applicants must choose A Level Physics and Maths and have an intention to go on and study Physics at university.