A former pupil is pursuing her dream of becoming a solicitor, having secured the A-Level grades she needs to begin a law apprenticeship, with the support of a scholarship from Leeds business TPP.

Natalia Plucinska achieved three A-Levels in Sociology, Law and History, which will enable her to take up an apprenticeship with Progress Law Solicitors in Halifax.

Natalia has been able to take the next step towards her dream career thanks to the Frank Hester Scholarship, awarded by Horsforth-based healthcare software provider TPP. The scholarship, named after the founder of TPP, aims to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to study higher education courses and apprenticeships, encouraging more young people to stay in training and education longer. The financial support 18-year old Natalia will receive from TPP will help with living costs during her apprenticeship.

Natalia Plucinska said: “I was delighted to receive the Frank Hester Scholarship.  I am hoping to become a solicitor and having the support of a scholarship has really boosted my confidence to succeed.  My teachers at Tong Leadership Academy were really supportive, in particular Mr Pickthall and Mrs Webster.  I can’t wait to start my apprenticeship.”

Mark Ellis at TPP commented: “We are so happy to be able to support Natalia through her apprenticeship. From the fantastic applications we received from Tong Leadership Academy, Natalia stood out as an exceptional candidate. We are excited to see what the future holds for Natalia and look forward to continuing our relationship with Tong Leadership Academy.”

Chris Webster, Post 16 Director at Tong Leadership Academy, said: “As a school, we have been lucky enough to work with TPP for a number of years.  It is wonderful to see the opportunities this gives students, as well as the confidence boost to help achieve their dreams.  We wish Natalia all the very best for the future.”

Dan Styles, Principal at Tong Leadership Academy, added: “Natalia has been a fantastic student throughout her time with us and a true inspiration to others in the school. We are very proud of Natalia and wish her every success in her future legal career.”