The Sarah Wood Bursary Award is designed to celebrate achievement of students at Seahaven Academy and inspire them to grasp the opportunities that life offers. It is designed to create a network of role models to inspire students as they take their next steps on their academic and professional journeys.
Who is Sarah Wood?
Sarah was a student at Tideway School and has fond memories of the teachers who inspired her and helped her progress.
She went on to study English at Cambridge. Since then she has had a varied and exciting career.
After a (very short!) career as a university teacher, in 2006 Sarah Wood co-founded a tech start-up called Unruly, launching a Viral Video Chart, an advertising platform and growing the company from 3 to 300 people around the world. She sold the company to News Corp in 2015 and stayed on to lead the business until 2019. Since then, she has been a board member of Superdry plc and currently sits on the boards of Tech Nation, Signal AI and The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, which campaigns for young people's mental health.
She is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust Women Supporting Women Programme, has been named Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, City AM Entrepreneur of the Year, and was awarded an OBE for services to technology and innovation.
She is an active angel investor in early-stage tech companies, a mentor at UCL’s tech incubator, and the author of a career book (also very short!) called Stepping Up: How to Accelerate Your Leadership Potential.
In her spare time she likes to run, swim and walk her two lil’ dogs, Ginger and Snow (say hello on Instagram at @Snowandhersister).
She has also returned to Seahaven and worked with students to support their dreams and aspirations.
You can apply to the Sarah Wood Bursary Fund and ask for support in the next stages of your life. The fund is open to all students who have left Seahaven Academy in the past three years. You can apply for a grant for up to £1000. This could be used to support your further education, development, entrepreneurship ideas or charitable enterprise.
In applying to the fund you need to show
- Why you want the support,
- What you will use the fund for
- How the fund will help you realise your goals/ambition
- How much you are requesting.
Applying for the bursary couldn't be easier, please complete the following form.
The deadline for the first award will be 10th June 2022.
Those who apply will be notified early in June as to whether they have been successful.
Successful applicants will be asked to let Sarah Wood know how they have used the fund and how it has helped them.