Two Bath Academy students, Alexander Ukwu and George Merison received CIFE awards from CIFE President Lord Lexden at the 2015 CIFE Awards ceremony this March. Alex received the Paul Kitchener Award for best Foundation Course stsudent, and George received an award for outstanding contribution to college life.

Alex Ukwu came from Hamburg to join Bath Academy in September 2013, after completing his secondary education at Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja – a leading Nigerian secondary school. He completed the West African Secondary School Certificate with exemplary grades. He immediately impressed his teachers in Bath with his very positive attitude towards his studies and contribution to the life of the college from his arrival. He was exceptionally hardworking, conscientious and consistent in his determination to study Electrical Engineering at university. In fact, if he did not achieve top marks in a test he would be beside himself. He scored straight A grades on all six units of the University Foundation Programme averaging 92%.

Bath student George Merison receives CIFE Award from Lord LexdenBefore coming to Bath Academy George Merison (pictured receiving his Award from CIFE President Lord Lexden) had spent a year in the Utah desert and in Western Samoa, where he undertook a number of character-building experiences. However, this meant that he needed to complete his A Levels, which he did in just over a year.

George became a kind of unofficial ‘head boy’ due to his sense of responsibility, involvement in everything going on in the college and his – perhaps worrying – ability to persuade anybody to do anything. He successfully applied to read History at university and if you are plugged into the social scene of students in the South West George’s name is still legendary, to the extent that one of the stock interview questions asked by the Principal to prospective students coming from any public school in the South West to Bath Academy is “I don’t suppose you know George Merison, do you?”