Year 13 student Zoe H (17), has been awarded an Army bursary and scholarship guaranteeing her a place at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Zoe travelled to Westbury in Buckinghamshire to complete a series of physical and mental challenges in essay writing, maths, memory, reasoning and the daunting ‘bleep test’ which measures aerobic fitness. She also had to prove her leadership potential in a number of further tests and challenges.

Zoe passed all tests and will join the army when she completes her university course. She said: “I am extremely proud and excited to have received the scholarship, and I am already looking forward to Sandhurst.”

“I am keen to challenge myself to achieve further success,” she added.

By student reporter Rosa M