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Student Jamal awarded scholarship for Plymouth Argyle

Massive congratulations to Jamal Salawu in Year 11 for being awarded a scholarship with Plymouth Argyle. We managed to catch up with the young star to ask him a few questions about this accolade and the support from us as a school:

1. Has Fairfield supported or encouraged you to proceed with this sporting avenue?

Fairfield has been very supportive through my sporting avenue. Whilst I was on trial, the school gave me the opportunity to have time off to complete various training sessions and matches. They also were interested in my progress with Plymouth Argyle FC.

2. What will you take / what did learn from your time at Fairfield that you will use during your scholarship?

Being able to work in a team, be respectful and have high levels of punctuality.

3. How will you look back on your time at Fairfield during your scholarship? What has been a standout/memorable time?

Even though my time at Fairfield was short (due to only joining in year 11), I cannot say that I have a specific stand out time. The school has given me confidence in subjects I didn’t think I would be good at such as English etc. The leavers assembly which occurred a lot earlier than usual (due to the urgent health matters around the world) was also a stand out moment as it made me realise that my five years in secondary school was up and that I would now start my career as a footballer.

4. Any teachers you wish to thank or give a shout out too, any other comments or advice for readers/fellow students?

The teachers I would like to thank:

- Jacob Francis - due to helping me transition from my old secondary school to Fairfield. From my first day till my last day he was always the person I could go to for support. He was also very interested in my football career.

- Mr Warner-Meanwell - for welcoming me into the school, guiding me with my lessons and made learning fun at school.

5. Is there any advice you would like to give for readers/students?

Don’t let anyone stop you from achieving. You may have hurdles and set backs in your journey however you should learn from these and this will not stop you from eventually getting there.

We couldn’t be more proud of Jamal and wish him every success for the future.


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