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Pearson and Silver Awards

The Pearson and Silver Awards are offered to pupils in GDST schools to help towards the cost of attending meetings or courses or carrying out projects with a classical content, e.g. summer schools in Classical Greek or Latin at Bryanston, Durham or Repton Schools, University or King's Colleges, London, or Lampeter (Univ. of Wales).Mr Bertram Pearson, CB, DSO, MC, MA, who was a member of the Council of the Trust from 1958 until 1969, died in 1984 leaving a share in the residue of his estate to the Trust with a request that it be used for the purpose of promoting and furthering the study and pursuit of classical learning in Greek and Latin in the schools of the Trust.In memory of Mrs Nancy Silver, a classicist and former Head of Streatham & Clapham and Putney High Schools, the award to the most outstanding candidate of the year has been called the Nancy Silver Award.

Criteria for the award

  • Academic excellence in classical subjects
  • Commitment to study a classical subject at university
  • Contribution to school life
  • Financial need
  • Determination to overcome practical difficulties in studying classics at school where these are encountered


In 2018, the following awards were made:


  • Celia Westwood Dunkley - Brighton & Hove High School 
  • Bonnie Steel - Brighton & Hove High School
  • Flora Norton - Norwich High School for Girls 
  • Laya Suraparaju - Norwich High School for Girls 
  • Iphigeneia Vintzileos - Nottingham Girls' High School 
  • Elizabeth Byles - Portsmouth High School 
  • Rosie Kent - Putney High School 
  • Hannah Patrick - Sheffield High School 
  • Katrina Dionisio - South Hampstead High School 
  • Lauren-Nicole Kung - South Hampstead High School 
  • Phoebe McDade - Wimbledon High School