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News: Well done to our hard-work­ing Pre-16 students!

A few of our Pre-16 students.
A few of our Pre-16 students.

Pre-16 students, parents/carers, schools and College tutors gathered at the Adams Building on 30 June to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our Pre-16 students.

The awards were pre­sent­ed by our Head of High Pave­ment Cam­pus, Adam Beaze­ley, to 14 out­stand­ing and well deserv­ing stu­dents, who have demon­strat­ed great com­mit­ment and deter­mi­na­tion in their stud­ies this year.

Ten Awards were giv­en out for Stu­dent of the Year’ in the fol­low­ing cur­ricu­lum areas: Pre-GCSE, GCSE, Art and Design, Motor Engi­neer­ing, Foun­da­tion Learn­ing, Busi­ness, Cre­ative Media, Per­form­ing Arts, Con­struc­tion and Sport. An addi­tion­al four stu­dents achieved Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Awards, one of which is Mad­di­son Kennedy, 15, for excel­lent atten­dance, going the extra mile and push­ing her­self out of her com­fort zone.

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I was so shocked when I found out I was get­ting an award – it feels good to achieve some­thing like this. 

 — Mad­di­son Kennedy, 15

Pre-16 Man­ag­er, Jo Edger­ton, said: It’s always a plea­sure to host this awards evening as it allows us to show­case our amaz­ing stu­dents, demon­strate how proud we are of them and reminds us why work­ing with this cohort of learn­ers is so rewarding.”

Cap­tur­ing the awards cer­e­mo­ny on cam­era, was for­mer Pre-16 stu­dent and keen pho­tog­ra­ph­er, Tom Raynor-Banks, who is now study­ing A Lev­els at our High Pave­ment Sixth Form. 

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I found ear­ly school life quite dif­fi­cult due to a num­ber of rea­sons, one of which was bul­ly­ing. The fact that I have Autism and ADHD added to my dai­ly chal­lenges, and for these rea­sons my adop­tive par­ents took the brave deci­sion to remove me from that envi­ron­ment to home-school me, which they did for sev­en years. 

When I was 14, I joined the Col­lege on a Pre-16 Pro­gramme. I didn’t want to return to main­stream school, so this option was per­fect for me. The teach­ers were real­ly wel­com­ing, and I felt safer and like I final­ly fit­ted in. 

I’m so pleased I was invit­ed to the event to take pho­tos. It was nice to cel­e­brate with peo­ple who, like me a few years ago, are start­ing out at Col­lege and enjoy­ing their Pre-16 course. 

 — Tom Raynor-Banks

Jo added: Tom is a per­fect demon­stra­tion of the progress our Pre-16 stu­dents can make, and he was at the awards cer­e­mo­ny as an inspi­ra­tion — not just a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. Well done Tom, on all your achieve­ments so far.” 

Find out more about all the cours­es on offer to school-age stu­dents and how the Pre-16 and Schools Team sup­port 14 to 16-year-olds by con­tact­ing a mem­ber of the team on: 0115 912 5502 ext. 3512

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  • 20th July 2022 (1:30 PM)
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