Williamwood High brothers enjoy joint success

Two talented brothers at Williamwood High are about to embark on adventures very different from the usual holiday-time leisure pursuits.

The King brothers
The King brothers

Sam (16) and Jamie (14) King from Clarkston have both scored very different successes that will each deliver the adventure of a lifetime.

Jamie has gained a place at a world-class music school while Sam has won a place on the Sutton Trust US Programme.

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Jamie will be studying the bassoon at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from September, where he will have the chance to play in chamber groups, ensembles and school orchestras.

He’ll be performing at major music venues such as the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Royal Northern College of Music and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester - and the school’s own multi-million pound Stoller Hall.

His teacher, Rebecca Roberts, said: “Jamie is an extremely dedicated and talented pupil who devotes his life to his great passion which is music. I’m sure he will relish the opportunities on offer at Chetham’s”.

Sam, meanwhile, is one of just 150 students to win a place at a summer school run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He enjoys composition, film making and writing as well as science subjects.

He’ll be in company with another Williamwood student, Calum Corrie, after the pair were selected from more than 1,000 contestants for their places.

The Sutton Trust were impressed by their academic and extracurricular achievements, and their knowledge of US higher education as demonstrated in their application forms and video submissions.

Sam, who will be in sixth form at Williamwood from September 2017 is waiting for the results of his six Higher exams, and will be working towards a further three Advanced Highers, a Higher and a Science Baccalaureate.

He hopes to study Mathematics at university and says the US stint is ideal because of their liberal arts programme, which allows a range of subjects to be studied alongside maths.

A talented musician like his brother, he enjoys composition, film making and writing.