Khadija Saye
BSA launch photography award in tribute to Grenfell victim
Boarding Schools' Association pay tribute to Khadija Saye, a former boarder at Rugby School and talented photographer, who died in the Grenfell
Posted by Lucinda Reid | April 16, 2018 | Events
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Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) is pleased to launch the ‘Khadija Saye Photography Award’ in tribute to the outstanding photographer who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster and who was a former boarder at Rugby School.

It will be awarded for the best photograph portfolio by a boarding pupil from a state or independent boarding school, in membership of the BSA. The award will be presented for the first time at the BSA Annual Heads’ Conference on 2nd May in Brighton.

The award has been set up in memory of the well-respected photographer, Khadija Saye, who sadly lost her life along with her mother, Mary Mendy, in the Grenfell Tower disaster in London. Khadija was a boarder at Rugby School, where she was a recipient of an Arnold Foundation bursary. This life changing opportunity helped her develop her passion for art. She was an internationally respected photographer and was exhibiting her work entitled ‘Dwelling: in this space we breathe’ at the 57th Venice Biennale at the time of her death.

BSA is pleased to launch this award in memory of Khadija Saye. Our judges were extremely impressed by the standard of entries - a fitting tribute to such a talented pupil

Amy Farrelly, Khadija’s photography teacher at Rugby School, said: “Khadija was a humble and unassuming spirit who was making a difference in her own community. She was incredibly empathetic to others and she was one of my most talented students in her year. She went on to study Photography at Falmouth and she was truly an up and coming artist. She has produced a beautiful documentary series on Gambians living London. She was going to do great things and was beloved by all who knew her.”

“Khadija worked with me quite closely in the Arnold Foundation during her time at Rugby,” continued Amy. “She did not find it particularly easy being here but her strength of spirit prevailed and she left Rugby a more confident and able pupil knowing what she wanted to do in life.”

The winner of the first Khadija Saye Photography Award is Alexander Yang, a Year 12 boarder at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, who has won £250. With 39 entries from 15 schools, the judges at Tempest Photography also awarded Elisa Rosati from St Clare’s Oxford and Isobel Wilson from Westonbirt School as runners up, each receiving a £50 iTunes voucher.

Robin Fletcher, chief executive, BSA, said: “BSA is pleased to launch this award in memory of Khadija Saye. Our judges were extremely impressed by the standard of entries - a fitting tribute to such a talented pupil”

Peter Green, Headmaster at Rugby School, added: “We were very fortunate to find Khadija through our Arnold Foundation scheme, which offers free boarding places to children who would really benefit from an education here. There are free places available right now and we want to give children the chance to flourish, to become great human beings and to achieve their goals.”