Sixth Form Centre A-Level student presented the Thomas Frawley Award

New College Durham A-Level student Tom McDonnell has been presented with the Thomas Frawley Award, for achievements in STEM related education. 

This generous award is sponsored by Atom bank in memory of their colleague Thomas Frawley. Thomas worked at Atom bank after studying for his PhD in Physics at Durham University. The award in his name is for a student who has studied STEM related subjects and is progressing to higher education in this field, and recognises that there are considerable financial barriers that may prevent a young person to progressing to study at this level. 

Worthy recipient, Tom McDonnell, achieved A level grades AAB in Biology, Ethics and Chemistry and has secured his place at Newcastle University to study BSc (Hons) Chemistry. Tom’s lecturers describe him as a natural scientist who picks up difficult concepts quickly. His focus and commitment to studying have been impressive and he has worked extremely hard throughout his time in Sixth Form. 

The families of both Thomas and Tom met at the presentation event at Atom bank’s headquarters at Aykley Heads, Durham, where they saw at first hand the creative working environment at the bank, and the opportunities there in STEM related fields.

Dawn Fairlamb, Vice Principal at New College Durham commented:  “It is with much emotion that we welcome this award for our brilliant student Tom. We are delighted for Tom that his achievements and future potential have been recognised and for the benefits this award will bring him as he progresses his education. We cannot thank Thomas Frawley’s family, friends and colleagues at Atom bank enough for finding such a positive and life-affirming way to commemorate him.”