EXCEPTIONAL sixth form students have won prestigious scholarships.

Teesdale School and Sixth Form students, Scarlett Ballantine, Sadie Askwith, Holly Palarm, Evie Ridgway and Jenny Teward were all awarded the school's Mewhort Scholarships.

The scholarship is a unique financial reward, exclusive to sixth form students at Teesdale School, who have achieved academic excellence and made a valuable contribution to school life and community.

Scarlett was awarded the top prize of £1,500 for each year of her undergraduate study in sociology and politics at Newcastle University. The panel of trustees were not only impressed by Scarlett’s academic achievements with an A* in sociology and a B in both history and psychology, but were really blown away by her community activism and commitment to social justice in the North East.

Sadie, Holly, Evie and Jenny were awarded £1,000 per year. Sadie will be going on to study fine art and art history at Manchester and she will be joined in the city by Jenny who is going to read history and sociology. Holly will be moving to Lancaster to study business management and Evie is off to Bristol to pursue her interest in anthropology.

Oliver Smith, of the scholarship panel said: “It is fantastic that the scholarships continue to reward the academic excellence of students in the sixth form and we were really impressed with all the candidates this year.”