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Nineteen-year-old Eliza Hardwick from Tunbridge Wells has received a very special prize from her former school, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School. The cup for A-level Geography has been awarded to Eliza in recognition of the fact that she gained the very highest mark in the school for her A-level geography exam papers.

The prize is sponsored by local housebuilder Millwood Designer Homes as part of its prestigious Encouragement Pack initiative that it runs with a number of schools in Kent and East Sussex.

Last week, Eliza returned to the school to meet Millwood’s Sales Director Philip Brown, who presented her with the winning trophy along with a £50 cheque and £50 book token.

Says Philip Brown, “It was lovely to meet Eliza. Having studied maths, economics and geography for her A-levels, I understand that geography was always her favourite subject so it is not surprising that she has gone on to study geography at university. She is clearly a very bright young lady as she is now at Oxford doing a three-year course. I was particularly interested to hear that she would like to become part of a research team for a geography magazine like National Geographic as she likes the idea of combining journalism with geography. I wish her every success for the future.”

The cup for geography is not just a one-off award. Millwood has been supporting TWGGS for the last eight years.

Deputy Headteacher Rosanne Brimsted adds, “We are very proud of Eliza and what she has achieved. We are delighted with the association with Millwood and can’t believe that this award is now in its eighth year! We look forward to meeting with Millwood again for the next one.”

Here is an update on the previous winners:

  • 2006 – Sarah Brookman – Foundation S2 Doctor at Epsom Hospital
  • 2007 – Frances Rudge – Tax Advisor
  • 2008 – Stephanie Cradick – MA Planning (Distinction) then Sainsbury’s Planning Department
  • 2009 – Isabel Rimmer – Academic Librarian at Queens College Library, Oxford
  • 2010 – Nisha Batchelor – Graduate Accountancy Scheme at Deloitte UK
  • 2011 – Grace Carpenter – 3rd Year Student at Durham University
  • 2012 – Imogen Rimmer – 2nd Year Student at York University