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John James 'Tools of the Trade' Award

Ella is the recipient of this year’s John James ‘Tools of the Trade’ Award. She will use the award to fund a two-week trip to the Dominican Republic with Gap Medics, who provide overseas hospital work experience for students from around the world. As Ella said, “This trip should give me unique medical experiences that I’m unlikely to gain in the UK at this stage – such as observing surgery first-hand and childbirth.”

The trip will also support Ella’s plans to study medicine at university and broaden her experience of different healthcare environments. Ella has already spent the last eighteen months training and working as an event first aider with the Red Cross and also volunteers once a week on the dementia ward of a local care home. “Gap Medics will allow me to gain a better perspective on global health issues and support my future aspiration of providing healthcare in developing countries,” she added.

As an International Baccalaureate Diploma student, this trip will also develop Ella’s broad academic interests which include global health care, Spanish culture and the challenges faced by developing countries.  

Commenting on the award, Mrs Tobias said, “Ella is a driven and ambitious student, with an extremely global perspective. I know this experience will be very valuable, and support Ella’s strong desire to make a real difference in the world.” 

Ella travelled to Sydney, Australia with the school in 2014 on a month-long exchange with the Pymble Ladies College, Sydney and will spend three weeks this summer teaching at a school in Cambodia that Redmaids’ High School built in 2011 and continue to fund in partnership with United World Schools. 

The John James ‘Tools of the Trade Award’ is an annual award worth £1,500, made to a Sixth Former, whose studies may incur substantial additional expenses.

Date Posted: 23 May 2017
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