Linguist Immy Cheney, a sixth-form pupil at The Leys, Cambridge, won the prestigious Dresden Trust scholarship 2020 which took her on a four-week cultural and educational visit to this historic German city.
The Dresden Trust is a British charity dedicated to fostering good relations with the city in Saxony which was destroyed by Allied bombing in February 1945 but since then painstakingly rebuilt and restored as a vibrant city. The scholarship is open to pupils from schools participating in the British-German Association’s Youthbridge Scheme, a British-German project to promote the teaching of German in British schools. Nationally, the number of pupils studying for GCSE German has more than halved in the last decade but the German numbers at The Leys remain strong and buck national trends.
“Much of my visit was spent tracing the impacts of the war and evidence of reconciliation,” said Immy. “I continue to be deeply moved by the spirit of the people to reclaim the ‘Florenz an der Elbe’ as efforts to rebuild the famous Baroque city go on to this day.”