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11 June

The Robert Harley Award

Here at King’s Worcester there is a fund, which has been created in the name of OV Robert Harley (W 64-71). Robert left King’s in 1971 and led an interesting and colourful career and he went on to become an extremely successful business man. As a pupil, Robert is remembered for his easy manner and endeavour. It was noted early on by his house master, Fred Logan that he would ‘make a mark somewhere’ and Robert credited the school with laying the foundations for his later success.

Robert very sadly died in 2009 and, in his memory, his widow, Trina Harley, set up a fund which pays out a financial award each year to a sixth form student who has displayed some or all of the following characteristics: Enterprise, Leadership, Endeavour and/or Triumph over adversity.

We were thrilled that Trina came into School recently and met with Headmaster, Gareth Doodes, and Development Director, Liz Elliott, to discuss the allocation of this year’s Robert Harley Award.

Students are nominated by staff and they then apply for the award, explaining why they believe they qualify, addressing some or all of the criteria above and also an outline of what they intend to spend the award money on and how they will benefit from the experience. The particular project or trip should be something that the student would not otherwise be able to finance themselves.

Some of the previous recipients of The Robert Harley Award have used the grant to help with travel and training costs for international canoeing competitions, for engineering work experience, to travel to Canada and volunteer on a conservation trip, to go towards a motorsport career, and to attend a high-profile economics course pre-university.

The Robert Harley Award is given to the successful candidate during King’s Day Prize Giving and the individual has a number of opportunities to discuss with Trina Harley what they wish to gain from the experience and how they believe the award will assist them.

The nature of the award will change slightly over the next year and Trina was keen to share her thoughts on the future nature of this award, during her recent meeting with Gareth Doodes and Liz Elliott.

We are enormously grateful to Trina for the generosity of this award and the life-enhancing impact that the financial grant has on the lives of those students who are successful recipients.