A SCHOOL has unveiled plans to offer a scholarship to a single Year 11 pupil wishing to study maths.

The Royal Hospital School (RHS) has extended applications for its De Neumann Mathematics Scholarship until February 16.

The programme, which finds its roots in the altruism of former student Professor Bernard de Neumann, covers up to 100 per cent of the successful applicant's at the RHS Sixth Form.

A gift to RHS from his estate in 2019 means the school can give a place for a young mathematician every two years.

The current De Neumann Scholar, Tamilore (Tami) Dada, said: "I have really enjoyed all the opportunities that I have been given to extend myself in maths as well as the sciences.

"My aspiration is to become a doctor, so I am currently applying to medical school for next year.

"RHS is full of so many experiences and the spirit of the school is always evident, so promoting this and helping pupils gain as much as they can out of school, as well as giving back is amazing."

Tami joined RHS as the school's second De Neumann Scholar in September 2022 after an exceptional performance in her GCSEs at Southend High School.

Currently studying A Levels in biology, chemistry and mathematics, she was appointed deputy head girl earlier this year.

To qualify for the scholarship, the school has outlined criteria which includes a strong interest in mathematics, high predicted grades, a strong reference, and attendance at a state school in Suffolk or Essex.

Participation in UKMT Mathematical Challenges, and having a career vision in STEM, is also desirable.

Candidates will sit a test covering GCSE mathematics material plus attend an interview with the head of mathematics and the head of sixth form.

Susie Botley, head of mathematics at the RHS said: "We are delighted to be able to offer a student this scholarship and the amazing opportunity to extend and stretch their learning in our Sixth Form.

"Our first De Neumann scholar, Owen Smith, sat his A levels last year and realised his dream to study Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey."