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

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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.

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. 

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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