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Bromley school parent helps student follow university dream

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 October 2018

Bruce Walker  presented a cheque to  Chloe Eddings to support her university education at Leeds. Picture: Babington House

Bruce Walker presented a cheque to Chloe Eddings to support her university education at Leeds. Picture: Babington House

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A student at a Bromley school is able to fulfil her ambition to study pure mathematics at university after a school parent stepped in to help her.

Bruce Walker, chairman of a locally-based property company and a Babington House School parent, presented a cheque to sixth form leaver Chloe Eddings to support her university education at Leeds.

Chloe achieved two A*s in maths and further maths and an A in biology at Babington, which has been ranked as the top small independent school in the country for A-level achievement.

The generous funding from Mr Walker comes as a personal gift from his family and will last for the duration of her three-year degree course.

Two years ago, Chloe was not even considering A-levels until she was encouraged by the outreach programme at Babington to apply for one of the small number of fully funded sixth form places.

However, as she contemplated the prospect of university, Chloe realised that the cost for her to attend could be too prohibitive.

Headmaster of Babington, Tim Lello, then decided to approach Mr Walker for help.

Chloe said: “Babington House opened doors for me that I never would have otherwise dreamed of.

“The teachers do their very best to push you to reach your limits, and the fact that I have now left with a sponsor shows just how much hard work and dedication pays off.”

Mr Lello said: “Bruce Walker and Babington have helped Chloe realise her ambition to attend her first choice of university, something that would not have been possible without Bruce’s very kind generosity, the school’s inspirational teachers and Chloe’s hard work.”

Mr Walker said, “I have been a governor of another local school for nearly thirty years and I am delighted to be in a position to help one or two students so that they can benefit from a first-class education.

“Tim Lello and I are hoping to set up a small group of business people to help make this something that we can offer to more Babington Sixth Form leavers in the future.”

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