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Spanish sojourn for Finley after Albert Johnston Travel Award success

Upper Sixth pupil Finley Nolan is looking forward to a trip to Spain after being chosen as the winner of this year’s Albert Johnston Travel Award.

Every year the school awards a bursary to Sixth Formers who would like to travel to further their experience and knowledge of a passion or subject.

Finley impressed with his application, which was entitled “Spain: Study the role of the monarchy throughout its history”, providing an impressively comprehensive presentation and dealing admirably with questions posed by the judges.

He will be travelling around Madrid and visiting a host of historic locations including the Museo de Historia de Madrid, Palacio Real, the Gran Via and the Alcazars of Toledo and Segovia, where he will be looking at their architecture and art and finding out more about their history.

Speaking about his success, Finley said: “I was quite shocked when I was told I had won as the standard of entries was high. During the presentation I was fairly relaxed and it felt more like a conversation. The experience and feedback from last year’s interview did help.

“I chose my presentation subject as I am interested in politics and Spain has a rich history to look at. I am going on the trip after I receive my A-level results and am excited to get there and experience the culture and history first-hand.”

Miss Hannah Barton, Head of Psychology and one of the judges, added: “The breadth and standard of applications this year was again excellent so well done to everyone who entered.

“Finley applied for the Travel Award last year and was unsuccessful, but he took on board the feedback we provided and gave a very strong presentation, hugely impressing the panel.”

Finley wants to study Politics and International Relations at university. Outside the classroom he is busy in school as a Deputy Head Boy and school swimming captain.