The success of BTEC students was celebrated at Collyer’s last week.
Students studying vocational courses at Level 2 and 3 in Art and Design, Business, Early Years Education, IT and Sport were rewarded after another outstanding year.
Students will also receive the coveted Sixth Form Baccalaureate (SFBac), an additional award in recognition of the overall breadth of study and skills that they have attained while at Collyer’s.
James Gordon, Head of Faculty for Business, Sport and Social Sciences said: “Congratulations to these students on achieving their level 2 and 3 vocational qualifications and SFBac. These are extremely difficult and highly valued qualifications which will stand them all in good stead for the future.
“I have the upmost respect for these students as these courses require careful analysis, sound independent and group study skills, and the ability to manage long and short-term projects to tough deadlines.”
Collyer’s Principal Dr Jackie Johnston then awarded special ‘Player of the Year’ prizes to students from each of the subject areas and levels.
The Art and Design level 2 award went to Chiara Scaduto, with the level 3 prize picked up by Will McCleland; Chiara is staying at Collyers to study an A-level programme next year, while Will is planning to study for a degree in photography at university. Will’s award cemented a unique double, as he won the Level 2 prize two years ago!
Lauren Chambers walked away with the Level 2 Business prize, while the Level 3 award went to Ellis Prevett. Lauren is going to stay at Collyer’s next year to study the Business BTEC L3 and Food and Nutrition course programme.
Ellis is taking a break between study and full-time education; alongside a part time job, Ellis is a keen fitness and nutrition fanatic and with a friend she runs a popular website offering advice and guidance on healthy living.
In Early Years Education, Izzy Hill was delighted to receive the level 2 prize, while the level 3 award was picked up by Hannah Strange.
Izzy will be returning to study the Level 3 Early Years Education qualification at Collyer’s next year. Hannah is now employed by Horsham Matters as a trainee youth worker and plans to enrol on an Open University Youth Work degree course.
The top student in level 2 IT was won by Carl Ann Fernandez, while level 3 was awarded to Victoria Skinner. Carl is now pursuing an apprenticeship, while Victoria is planning to study a degree. William Salmon won the level 2 award for Sport, while Abi Pavey was thrilled to receive the level 3 prize. William will be carrying on at Collyer’s next year with the BTEC National Diploma in Sport; Abi, who supports the delivery of the disability cricket club run from Collyer’s by ex Collyer’s student Freddie Bridges, is hoping to go to Plymouth University to study a teaching degree in Physical Education, with a view of becoming a PE teacher within secondary education.
After the presentations, Collyer’s Principal Dr Jackie Johnston gave an inspirational talk to the students. She said: “Your parents and teachers are very proud of your achievements. You have each developed superb vocational skills which can be transferred into the work place or built upon in future studies here or in higher education establishments elsewhere.
“In whatever you decide to do, I wish you all every success in the future. I can’t wait to follow the inevitable success stories of you all! A big thank-you must also go to their talented teachers for all their hard work over a busy year.”
Report and pictures contributed by Collyer’s.