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Army Scholarship Success for Canfordian

Karen Smith

Many congratulations to Upper Sixth Canfordian Phoebe Foxley who has been awarded a prestigious Army Officer Scholarship following a lengthy and detailed application process. The scholarship offers financial support to future potential officers between 16-18 years of age. 

Phoebe started the application process in October last year which initially involves numerous forms, school references and an hour-long Zoom interview. Phoebe then attended a 2 day extensive onsite Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) assessment at their base in Westbury, Wiltshire which included a fitness test, obstacle course, computer test involving verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, a current affairs essay, a planning exercise and academic and current affairs interviews.

Prior to joining Canford, Phoebe was a member of the Wiltshire ACF and during her time with the Army section of the school CCF, she has been an influential member, progressing to NCO level. She was delighted to receive the news of her success:

I was both thrilled and surprised to receive my letter offering me a scholarship.  I thoroughly enjoyed the whole application process and meeting the other scholarship applicants on the AOSB assessment at Westbury. I am hoping to read Biological Sciences at either Durham or Exeter University and am excited to then see where my military career takes me.”

Headmaster Ben Vessey added:

There is a lot of competition for these awards from Sixth Formers across the country, and the selection process is rigorous.  Phoebe should be really proud of what she has achieved which is a real testament to her character and a very high quality performance. We are excited to watch her progress in the military in the years ahead.”

Phoebe’s award gives her a grant through university and means she is guaranteed a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on the Regular Commissioning Course. Following success in this training, she will serve a minimum of three years in the Army.

Phoebe CCF