Harrogate pupil wins scholarship to Oxford

Student at St John Fisher Catholic High School Stella Kremer with headteacher Rob Pritchard at the school's chapel. (S)
Student at St John Fisher Catholic High School Stella Kremer with headteacher Rob Pritchard at the school's chapel. (S)
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A student at the St Aidan’s and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form has won a scholarship to study at University College, Oxford.

Stella Kremer, from Boston Spa, was awarded her scholarship for the organ which she will play at Oxford, as well as studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

The 17-year-old only began playing the organ five years ago, at the age of 12, after being inspired by another former St John Fisher student Francis Goodburn who gained a similar scholarship to Jesus College, Oxford, four years ago.

Stella currently travels to Wombwell near Barnsley every week for lessons and she has a weekly commitment to play the organ for services at St Edwards Roman Catholic Church in Boston Spa.

She is also commissioned for other services and weddings in Collingham and Harrogate.

A regular member of several musical ensembles at the Associated Sixth Form, Stella also swims competitively and represents the school at netball games.

Head of performing arts at the school Nigel Beetles said: “Stella is a prodigiously gifted individual, modest and diffident about her achievements.

“She throws herself into all that St John Fisher has to offer and we are very proud of her.”

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