Welcome to Blackpool Sixth’s Annual Student Awards.

We host our annual Student Awards ceremony online this year, to celebrate the exceptional achievements by our students here at Blackpool Sixth. Every year awards for academic achievement and contributions to the sixth form community and wider community are handed out.

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A warm welcome from our Principal Jill Gray.

A huge thank you to our prize donors, who make this awards ceremony possible.

Personal Donors

  • Jaya Ravi
  • Margaret and Helen Crowther 
  • Elisabeth Abbott
  • Carole Tyler
  • Patricia Marquis
  • Shirley Richmond
  • Mr and Mrs Thompson
  • Joyce Birtwhistle
  • The Blackpool Sixth Trustees
  • Nicholas Massey
  • Derek Slater
  • Bryan Lindop

Congratulations to our wonderful students on their achievements.

Nomination citations for each award can be found below, along with a list of Highly Commended students.

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SUBJECT AWARDS

A Level Business StudiesLauren Hamer
BTEC BusinessBen Newman
A Level ComputingLiam Wylie
A Level EconomicsMaisie Green
BTEC ICTSebastian Lewis
Diploma in Financial StudiesBen Evedon
A Level English LanguageCharlotte Jeff
A Level English LiteratureOlivia Gittins
A Level Modern Foreign LanguagesGeorge Ball
A Level Classics: Ancient HistoryAlicia Middlehurst
A Level GeographySophie Hird
A Level HistoryAndrew Speight
A Level LawLucy Grimshaw
A Level Religion, Ethics and PhilosophyCharlotte Edwards
A Level MathsAlissa Hamilton
A Level Further MathsBruno Eaves
A Level StatisticsMackenzie Watts
BTEC Music, A Level Music and A Level Music Technology Sam Monks
BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre and DanceAimee White
A Level Drama & Theatre StudiesJacob Greaves
A Level Film Studies and A Level Media StudiesElla Peebles
BTEC Film and TelevisionAbi Walsh
Musician of the Year Hannah Doyle
Theatrical Performer of the YearPhoebe Hickling
Dancer of the yearEmily Jones
A Level BiologyAlice Hurt
A Level ChemistryCharlotte Pilling
A Level ElectronicsGeorge Melling
A Level PhysicsLiam Wylie
CTEC EngineeringOliver Butterworth
BTEC Applied ScienceJaheen Zafar
A Level PsychologySophie Lynn
A Level SociologyHannah Eaglestone
BTEC Health & Social CareAmy Foulds
BTEC Sport and A Level PEMaddison Riley
BTEC Travel & TourismCara Cassidy
BTEC Uniformed Protective ServicesAnya Price
Outstanding Sportsperson of the YearLiv Golden
BTEC Art and A Level ArtCatriona McArthur
A Level Photography and GraphicsAmelia Smith
BTEC Fashion and A Level TextilesAimee Reid

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Award for Contributions to the Life of the CollegeAmy Shuttleworth
The Award for Outstanding Performance in DebatingHannah Eaglestone
The International Student of the Year AwardKristyna Nova
The Mr & Mrs Beauchamp Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Lower SixthJia Jie Guo
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the A Level ProgrammeKhushi Krishna
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Vocational ProgrammeMegan Nelson Hunter
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Combined ProgrammeSun Crabtree
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 ProgrammeGrace Wardley
The Rachel Thompson Memorial Award for Determination and Commitment in Challenging CircumstancesBenjamin McClelland
The Award for Social Action in the CommunityChloe Evans
The Award for Exceptional Performance and Development of Employability SkillsMarcus Jolley
The Christine Walker Memorial Fund Award donated by the Blackpool and District branch of Soroptimist InternationalLauren Orchiston
The Award for JournalismElla Peebles
The Linda Barclay Award for the Strongest Development and Improvement over Two YearsAaron Morrow
The ‘Words of Art’ Creative Writing AwardOlivia Mathieson
The Award for Contribution to EnvironmentalismMaya Lindley
The Award for Work ExperienceYasmin Lewtas-Wood
The Award for Student Ambassador of the YearAmy Shuttleworth
The Reading List Foundation ScholarshipBen McClelland
The Reading List Foundation ScholarshipSophie McClelland
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Deserving Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar BirtwhistleAaron Morrow
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Outstanding Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar BirtwhistleAndrew Speight
Student of the YearHannah Eaglestone
The Alumnus of the Year AwardChloe Davies

SUBJECT AWARD WINNERS

BUSINESS AND IT

Head of Department Sam Brown announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s Business and IT department.
A Level Business StudiesLauren Hamer
BTEC BusinessBen Newman
A Level ComputingLiam Wylie
A Level EconomicsMaisie Green
BTEC ICTSebastian Lewis
Diploma in Financial StudiesBen Evedon
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Congratulations to Lauren Hamer, this year’s winner of the A Level Business Studies Award, kindly donated by The University of Law. Keep up the good work, Lauren!

“Lauren has been an exceptional student in A Level Business, always achieving high grades in all aspects of her studies. Lauren has been dedicated to always improving on her performance to ensure she remains consistent in her success. Even with lockdown and remote learning, Lauren has continued to show amazing commitment to the course and has not let the current situation affect her ability and outcomes. We have no doubt that Lauren will go far and wish her all the luck as she moves onto University.”

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Congratulations to Ben Newman, this year’s winner of the BTEC Business Award, kindly donated by Bark Media Group. Keep up the good work, Ben!

“Ben joined us as a Route3 student and he has shown himself to be a determined young man who is committed to achieving the best possible grades in everything he does. Over his 3 years in the Business department Ben has also grown in confidence and maturity and is keen to improve at every possible occasion, not only this, he also supports others in his classes in achieving the best that they can too. He is a pleasure to teach and can be relied upon, we have no doubt he will be a success as he moves towards his next step.”

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Congratulations to Liam Wylie, this year’s winner of the A Level Computing Award, kindly donated by Jaya Ravi. Keep up the good work, Liam.

“Liam is an outstanding student who has shown excellence throughout this year. Liam is highly motivated and has a natural flair for programming, his Programming Project is of the highest quality and he has shown his great analytical skills and problem solving abilities. He has been a great asset to the class and it has been a pleasure to teach him. We wish him all the luck as he moves on to University.”

AWARDS 2021 - BTEC ITC

Congratulations to Sebastian Lewis, this year’s winner of the BTEC IT Award, kindly donated by The Blackpool Sixth Form Trustees. Keep up the good work, Sebastian.

Seb has been consistently excellent throughout his time on the BTEC IT course. He has contributed a significant amount of time to his studies as well as gaining valuable work experience with the IT team and Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Seb has also completed the BSIT employability award as well as work experience as part of the triple qualification. Seb has worked hard to get the most out of his BTEC course, accessing all opportunities to get the best experience possible. We would even go so far as to say that Seb has risen to the challenges that Covid and lockdown presented and impressed all of his teachers with his positive outlook and focus on his studies and future.  Originally he was not intending to apply to University, but his success at Blackpool Sixth Form has completely changed his mindset and we have no doubt he will be a success in his next chapter at University.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Economics

Congratulations to Maisie Green, this year’s winner of the A Level Economics Award, kindly donated by Ashton Wilcock Chartered Accountants. Keep up the good work, Maisie.

“Maisie is an extremely hard working student who has shown great determination to get the best possible grades in Economics. She is highly motivated and has a very inquisitive mind, she has shown this throughout the year, engaging actively in both the remote learning and class learning. She has achieved the highest grades, even in a difficult year and despite facing some personal challenges. Maisie is a very deserving student of this award, not only academically, but also in her personality; she is a pleasure to teach. We wish her all the best as she moves onto a higher apprenticeship in the Finance sector.”

AWARDS 2021 - Diploma in Financial Studies

Congratulations to Ben Evedon, this year’s winner of the Diploma in Financial Studies Award. Keep up the good work, Ben.

“Ben is an excellent student who has shown that sheer drive and determination means you can achieve the highest grades. His natural flair and interest for the subject is superb and this year in particular has shown high levels of motivation. Ben has engaged actively in both the remote learning and class learning achieving the highest grades, even in a difficult year, and the resilience he has shown at this time has been second to none. A very deserving winner of this award and we wish him all the best as he moves forward into employment as Ben hopes to secure an apprenticeship.”

ENGLISH AND MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Head of Department Natalie Collister announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s English and Modern Foreign Languages department.
A Level English LanguageCharlotte Jeff
A Level English LiteratureOlivia Gittins
A Level Modern Foreign LanguagesGeorge Ball
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Congratulations to Charlotte Jeff, this year’s winner of the A Level English Language Award, kindly donated by Margaret and Helen Crowther in memory of Tony Crowther. Keep up the good work, Charlotte!

“Charlotte is an outstanding student whose commitment to learning is evident in all her work.  Despite her outstanding achievements, Charlotte remains modest and pragmatic and I have much admiration for her career plan, which is to use her talents to enter a profession in which she can support and empower women in line with her feminist values: Midwifery.  The profession will be lucky to have her and I have no doubt that Charlotte will be an excellent midwife!”

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Congratulations to Olivia Gittins, this year’s winner of the A Level English Literature Award. Keep up the good work, Olivia.

“Olivia is an extremely talented English Literature student whose writing style marks her out as someone with an individual voice and flair. A voracious reader, Olivia’s knowledge of the issues and contexts surrounding the texts we study is outstanding – resulting in her being able to contribute insightful and unique ideas to discussion. Always generous with her ideas and knowledge, Olivia is the first to offer her classmates help with complicated ideas/concepts. Olivia moves on to study French and English at university where she will no doubt wow her tutors with her expansive knowledge and academic prowess.

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Modern Foreign Languages

Congratulations to George Ball, this year’s winner of the A Level Modern Foreign Languages Award, kindly donated by The Blackpool Sixth Form Trustees. Keep up the good work, George.

“George is a gifted linguist whose passion for language extends way beyond the classroom. His enthusiasm and commitment towards his studies have never wavered during the difficult and uncertain past 12 months, and George has used lockdown to teach himself the basics of a number of additional foreign languages as well as honing his oral French to a point of native-like fluency. The progress that George has made across all areas of the A level French course has been simply outstanding, and George always approaches college life with good humour and a smile and is a supportive presence to his fellow students. George wishes to study French and ab initio German at Lancaster university; I have no doubt that George will continue to succeed at the highest level.”

HUMANITIES

Head of Department Matthew Speight announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s Humanities department.
A Level Classics: Ancient HistoryAlicia Middlehurst
A Level GeographySophie Hird
A Level HistoryAndrew Speight
A Level LawLucy Grimshaw
A Level Religion, Ethics and PhilosophyCharlotte Edwards
AWARDS 2021 - A Level Classics Ancient History

Congratulations to Alicia Middlehurst, this year’s winner of the A Level Ancient History Award. Keep up the good work, Alicia.

“The award for A Level Ancient History goes to Alicia Middlehurst. An outstanding ancient historian, Alicia has excelled in all areas of the course. With every task completed meticulously, she has been a role model for her peers.  From the beginning of the course, Alicia listened and actively sought advice and guidance in order to continuously improve. The consistency of A and A* grades in upper sixth evidence the incredible work ethic demonstrated by Alicia. Alicia brought her positivity to each lesson and, in what was such a challenging two years, her achievement is even greater. Alicia goes on to study English and Philosophy at Lancaster University, and we wish her all the best for the future.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Geography

Congratulations to Sophie Hird, this year’s winner of the A Level Geography Award, kindly donated by The Trustees. Keep up the good work, Sophie.

“The award for A Level Geography this year is rightly awarded to Sophie Hird. Sophie is an exceptional student and a natural geographer. The standard of her work has been outstanding throughout every aspect of the course and she has a detailed and wide ranging knowledge of a diverse range of topics and concepts in geography. To achieve an A* In every geography assessment over the past two years is simply incredible. Sophie works meticulously to harness the ideas discussed in class and couple this with her own detailed wider-reading. Sophie’s interpersonal skills are also outstanding and she is always willing to share her ideas in class and help her peers. We have every confidence that Sophie will enjoy further academic success in the future as, after a well deserved gap year, she goes on to study geography at university.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level History

Congratulations to Andrew Speight, this year’s winner of the A Level Modern History Award. Keep up the good work, Andrew.

“The award for A Level Modern History is awarded to Andrew Speight. Andrew is an exceptional history student who constantly goes above and beyond not only in his studies but also in the local community. During his time at Blackpool Sixth, Andrew has consistently achieved the highest grades. He has worked hard to develop his understanding of key topics and the key exam skills taking on board and implementing the advice offered to him – this is evidenced in an incredible number of A* grades in his upper sixth year. We wish Andrew every success as he follows his ambition to gain employment in the charity sector.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Law

Congratulations to Lucy Grimshaw, this year’s winner of the A Level Law Award, kindly donated by The University of Law. Keep up the good work, Lucy.

The award for A Level Law, goes to Lucy Grimshaw. Lucy always puts an enormous amount of effort into everything she does. Her work is consistently impressive, her contributions to discussions are exceptionally insightful and she is always keen to further her knowledge and broaden her understanding. Unassumingly brilliant in every capacity, Lucy is certainly destined for great success. Not only is Lucy a fabulous law student and more than deserving of this one award, she has also achieved high grades in her other A levels. We wish Lucy all the best as she goes on to read Law at Lancaster University.

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Religion, Ethics and Philosophy

Congratulations to Charlotte Edwards, this year’s winner of the  A Level Religion, Ethics and Philosophy Award. Keep up the good work, Charlotte.

“The award for A Level Religion, Ethics and Philosophy goes to Charlotte Edwards. Charlotte is a wonderfully hard working and conscientious student. She is a very positive individual and very self motivated. Always willing to join in whole class debates and going that extra mile in investigating the content further outside the classroom.  Charlotte has on many occasions created presentations on ethical and philosophical issues and led whole class discussions. In recent months she has penned outstanding paragraphs on essays and talked the class through them.It is no surprise that Charlotte achieved a strong set of A* grades in her upper sixth year. Her grasp of the many challenging religious, ethical, and philosophical concepts is fantastic. A role model for others, Charlotte is moving on to read Sociology at Lancaster University.”

MATHS

Acting Head of Department Rob Fisher announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s Maths department.
A Level MathsAlissa Hamilton
A Level Further MathsBruno Eaves
A Level StatisticsMackenzie Watts
_AWARDS 2021 - A Level Maths

Congratulations to Alissa Hamilton, this year’s winner of the A Level Maths Award, kindly donated by Victrex. Keep up the good work, Alissa.

Alissa is an all round fantastic student, who refuses to be beaten by a question. Alissa is always looking for ways to improve her own learning and this drive and determination has helped her to succeed here at Blackpool Sixth and will continue to help her to be successful in her future endeavours. In short, Alissa has been a delightful student to teach. Her work ethic and moral sense of duty will, I’m sure, help her to achieve great things in the world of medicine.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Further Maths

Congratulations to Bruno Eaves, this year’s winner of the A level Further Mathematics Award, kindly donated by Victrex. Keep up the good work, Bruno.

Bruno has achieved consistently high grades within both mathematics and further mathematics. He has achieved the highest score in the UKMT mathematical challenge and got through to the British Maths Olympiad round 1; a fantastic achievement. Bruno has been involved with the department’s enrichment sessions and has developed as a strong and accurate mathematician. Bruno’s hard work, interest in mathematics and sheer determination will help him be very successful reading mathematics at UCL university next year.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Statistics

Congratulations to Mackenzie Watts, this year’s winner of the A Level Statistics Award, kindly donated by Victrex. Keep up the good work, Mackenzie.

Mackenzie is a hardworking and driven student. Mackenzie has consistently achieved fantastic scores in her key assessments within A level Statistics. She contributes well in lessons and has outstanding effort. Mackenzie has developed into a rigorous statistician, who throughout the course, has really adapted to think like a statistician by critically analysing statistical experiments and data.  Many of Mackenzie’s fellow students have asked her for help with explanations during the course which is a testament to her friendly nature and ability to clearly communicate her ideas.”

PERFORMING ARTS, MUSIC AND MEDIA

Head of Department Lucinda Campbell announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s PAMM department.
BTEC Music, A Level Music and A Level Music TechnologySam Monks
BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre and DanceAimee White
A Level Drama & Theatre StudiesJacob Greaves
A Level Film Studies and A Level Media StudiesElla Peebles
BTEC Film and TelevisionAbi Walsh
Musician of the Year

Hannah Doyle

Theatrical Performer of the YearPhoebe Hickling
Dancer of the yearEmily Jones
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Congratulations to Sam Monks, this year’s winner of the BTEC Music, A Level Music and A Level Music Technology Award. Keep up the good work, Sam.

Sam is an exceptional Music and Music Technology student showing impeccable talent as a soloist, an ensemble musician and also in the field of music production. Sam shows the highest degree of professionalism in his approach to learning and developing, and as a result we have seen his musicianship continue to grow exponentially, demonstrating absolute mastery of performance skills and musical ability to degree standard.  His production work is crafted with exceptional musical creativity, along with solid academic understanding of audio engineering, which enables him to produce outstanding recordings. We are very confident that Sam will be creating and producing music in the years to come that will be original and appealing to many. We wish him all the success. Sam has secured a place at Salford University to study Creative Music Technology in September.”

AWARDS 2021 - BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre and Dance

Congratulations to Aimee White, this year’s winner of the BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre and Dance Award. Keep up the good work, Aimee.

Aimee is a consistently excellent student who studied Dance and Musical Theatre whilst with us. She is commited, motivated and has a great attitude to learning. Aimee is happy to take on any challenge and works hard to ensure that she always performs to a high standard. Aimee is always keen to improve and takes feedback and direction well. She is a great team player and contributes some excellent ideas to the rehearsal process. She is not afraid to take a risk, enabling her to be a versatile and engaging ‘all round’ performer. We are sure that Aimee’s talent, determination and bubbly personality will serve her well as she takes the next steps in her Musical Theatre training at LMA.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Congratulations to Jacob Greaves, this year’s winner of the A Level Drama & Theatre Studies Award, kindly donated by Elisabeth Abbott. Keep up the good work, Jacob.

Jacob is an outstandly committed student who has given his all to the subject consistently, produced work of the highest quality despite all the restrictions of lockdown and never wavered in his dedication to performance. He is always modest, always determined and always seeking to improve. His attitude is first rate and he is an exemplary drama student and an absolute credit to himself. Jacob has been offered a place at ARLA to study Drama in September but has chosen to study Acting at Plymouth Conservatoire after receiving an unconditional offer.”

AWARDS 2021 - A Level Film Studies and A Level Media Studies

Congratulations to Ella Peebles, this year’s winner of the A Level Film Studies and A Level Media Studies Award, kindly donated by Tasty Food & Drink Hire. Keep up the good work, Ella. 

Ella is an exceptional Media student with a natural gift for academic study. Her work is always a pleasure to read, demonstrating confidence and sophistication in her work. Throughout lockdown she has maintained her own high standards. In the classroom she is always willing to contribute to class discussions in a mature manner. Ella has really excelled over the last two years and is a deserved recipient of this recognition. Ella is going to the University of York to study English in September.”

AWARDS 2021 - BTEC Film and Television

Congratulations to Abi Welch, this year’s winner of the BTEC Film and Television Award. Keep up the good work, Ella. 

Over the past two years Abi has been consistently outstanding. Despite all the challenges faced, Abi’s commitment and drive to succeed has never waivered, this showed when during her lower sixth year Abi chose to complete a challenging Stop Motion unit independently without the hours of guidance. This was completed to an exceptional standard and was a testament to Abi’s passion and love for the course. Abi has given her all to each unit and her work has gone from strength to strength, achieving a double distinction star. Her eclectic digest of cinema and knowledge of theory and movements goes beyond her years. Abi embodies all of the core values that the college manifests and has been an asset over the past two years. I have no doubt that Abi’s love for film and her tenacious drive to continuously flourish as a filmmaker will ensure an abundance of success in her bright future. 

Abi is going to Leeds Beckett university to study filmmaking; this is an unconditional offer and we wish her every success.”

AWARDS 2021 - Musician of the Year (1)

Congratulations to Hannah Doyle, this year’s winner of the Musician of the Year Award. Keep up the good work, Hannah.

Hannah is a talented musician, composer and producer who has given 100% commitment to all aspects of her work at college.  She has consistently produced degree standard work, showing absolute resilience and determination to challenge herself academically and practically to make music.  Hannah recently entered the ORA singers national composer competition, and successfully got through to the final, which will be held in London in July this year.  

Hannah has her sights set on becoming a music producer and composer, and we have every confidence that she will achieve this ambition. Hannah is going to study Music Production at LIPA and we wish her all the success.”

AWARDS 2021 - Theatrical Performer of the Year

Congratulations to Phoebe Hickling, this year’s winner of the Theatrical Performer of the Year Award, kindly donated by The Blackpool Sixth Form Trustees. Keep up the good work, Phoebe.

Phoebe has excelled in both the Performing Arts and Musical Theatre courses. She has demonstrated exemplary professionalism, attitude and work ethic over her time at Blackpool Sixth Form. Phoebe is a talented and versatile musical theatre performer, who consistently gives 100% to all she does. She always shines in an ensemble and is a confident and creative solo performer. Her work is always to an extremely high standard, be it practical or written, and she is extremely receptive to feedback. Phoebe strives for excellence in all she does, and is a role model for future students! Phoebe will be attending Performance Preparation Academy – Musical Theatre.”

AWARDS 2021 -Dancer of the year

Congratulations to Emily Jones, this year’s winner of the Dancer of the year Award. Keep up the good work, Emily. 

Emily has displayed exceptional professionalism, talent and outstanding work ethic over the entire 2 year course. She is hardworking and diligent. She has developed in terms of her versatility as a dancer and her creativity has blossomed when challenged to consider dance styles not naturally within her repertoire. She has worked with dedication and determination to pursue her dreams of chasing a career in dance.  After auditioning for many prestigious dance schools Emily has been offered a place at Arden Theatre School in Manchester.”

SCIENCE

Head of Department Kerry Ormson announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s Science department.
A Level BiologyAlice Hurt
A Level ChemistryCharlotte Pilling
A Level ElectronicsGeorge Melling
A Level PhysicsLiam Wylie
CTEC EngineeringOliver Butterworth
BTEC Applied ScienceJaheen Zafar
AWARDS 2021 -A Level Biology

Congratulations to Alice Hurt, this year’s winner of the A level Biology Award, kindly donated by the Trustees. Keep up the good work, Alice.

Alice is a delightful student, who has demonstrated commitment to the course and a resolute ambition to be a nurse in the armed forces, throughout her time at college. Receipt of unconditional offers following university interviews is testament to what an asset Alice will be in her chosen future studies and career, she is holding an unconditional offer for a Masters in Adult Nursing but is hoping to defer the offer and apply to join the RAF to become a student nurse Alice is always good-natured in class and, without exception, has given her complete effort to achieve her best at every opportunity. Alice achieved 100% in her most recent assessment, which is reflective of her strive to be the best version of herself.”

AWARDS 2021 -A Level Chemistry

Congratulations to Charlotte Pilling, this year’s winner of the A level Chemistry Award, Kindly donated by Victrex. Keep up the good work, Charlotte. 

Charlotte has a great love of chemistry, and a deep understanding of all areas she has studied. Her written work is always thorough, concise and immaculate – her attention to detail is exemplary and she has the outstanding grades throughout her time at college to prove it. She asks perceptive questions and is very well organised. She earned a bronze award in the Chemistry Olympiad national competition this year, while doing all the preparation and taking the exam remotely. In September, Charlotte is going to York university to study biochemistry; her great skill in chemistry will serve as an excellent foundation for her future learning on this course. We wish her the great success she so richly deserves.”

AWARDS 2021 -A Level Electronics

Congratulations to George Melling, this year’s winner of the A level Electronics Award. Keep up the good work, George. 

George has developed a deep understanding of electronics despite never studying the subject prior to starting his A level. An exceptional sustained effort, a mature attitude and a creative, enquiring mind has resulted in George producing work of a standard far beyond the requirements of the curriculum. George combines an inquisitive mind with great attention to detail to produce imaginative solutions to technical problems and he is surely going to thrive whilst continuing his studies in Robotics, Mechatronics and Control Engineering at Loughborough University. I am confident that George will make a great success of his studies and will be a great asset to the university. I wish him well.”

AWARDS 2021 -A Level Physics

Congratulations to Liam Wylie, this year’s winner of the A Level Physics Award. Keep up the good work, Liam.

Liam is a shining light in physics – he is quite simply an outstanding student. His enthusiasm for the subject is exceptional. We are very proud of Liam as our winner of Year 12 Ogden Trust Physicist of the Year and of his work on Slicing the Cosmos for his Gold Crest with Lancaster University. Liam has set out to reach and exceed his potential in physics and here at Blackpool Sixth he has done just that. Liam plans to go on to study Physics at Lancaster University and we wish him every success for the future.”

AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Engineering (1)

Congratulations to Oliver Butterworth, this year’s winner of the CTEC Engineering Award, kindly donated by The University of Bradford. Keep up the good work, Oliver.

Oliver has consistently produced work of the highest standard throughout the engineering course. Mature, capable and determined, Oliver is a model student who always goes the extra mile. Certainly a future star engineer, Oliver has a wide range of skills that he applies with creativity and professionalism. Oliver is planning to further his career through an apprenticeship in Engineering and I am sure he will be very successful with this. I wish him all the best for the future.”

AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Applied Science

Congratulations to  Jaheen Zafar, this year’s winner of the  BTEC Applied Science Award. Keep up the good work, Jaheen. 

Jaheen has consistently produced work of the highest standard throughout her two years on the course.  Throughout lockdown and despite poor health, Jaheen has shown strength and resilience and continued to expect high standards of herself and has never failed to achieve them. She has truly been an outstanding student and Lancaster University will be thrilled to see her on their Biomedical Science course.”

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Acting Head of Department Abby Heyes announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s Social Sciences department.
A Level PsychologySophie Lynn
A Level SociologyHannah Eaglestone
BTEC Health & Social CareAmy Foulds
AWARDS 2021 -A Level Psychology

Congratulations to Sophie Lynn, this year’s winner of the A Level Psychology Award, kindly donated by the Trustees. Keep up the good work, Sophie.

Sophie is an extremely conscientious A* student, and has secured a place at Cambridge to read psychology. Sophie is an exemplary student who is extremely passionate about Psychology. Sophie has consistently achieved the highest grades in psychology. Sophie has an excellent work ethic and has embraced all opportunities to attend extracurricular events. Sophie’s enthusiasm for Psychology is infectious and her analytical mind compliments her ability to critically evaluate psychological research and engage in discussions with her peers. Well done, Sophie.”

AWARDS 2021 -A Level Sociology

Congratulations to Hannah Eaglestone, this year’s winner of the A Level Sociology Award, kindly donated by Carole Tyler. Keep up the good work, Hannah.

Hannah is an exemplary student. Hannah demonstrates her passion for sociology with detailed and sophisticated analysis of sociological issues. Hannah is energetic in her efforts to raise awareness of social issues, and active in implementing change within our local community in her role as a youth engagement officer. Hannah plans to continue her passion at the University of Cumbria where she will engage with a specialist course, working with children, young people and families.”

AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Health & Social Care

Congratulations to  Amy Foulds this year’s winner of the BTEC Health & Social Care Award, kindly donated by Patricia Marquis. Keep up the good work, Amy.

Amy has continuously shown progress and an amazing work ethic despite personal loss during her time at college. She works tirelessly in every assignment and is always extremely well organised. She found the strength to continue with college during very challenging times and continued to demonstrate high levels of dedication to her studies, striving for the highest grade. Always a pleasure to teach with a smile on her face. Amy has continuously demonstrated Courage, Care, Compassion, Communication, Competence and Commitment ( 6C’s of Nursing). After a well deserved GAP year travelling to see the world, Amy will study at the University of Chester to become a fantastic Pediatric Nurse.”

SPORT, TOURISM AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Head of Department Tim Craven announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s STPS department.
BTEC Sport and A Level PEMaddison Riley
BTEC Travel & TourismCara Cassidy
BTEC Uniformed Protective ServicesAnya Price
Outstanding Sportsperson of the YearLiv Golden
AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Sport and A Level PE

Congratulations to Maddison Riley this year’s winner of the BTEC Sport and A Level PE award, kindly donated by Leeds Beckett University. Keep up the good work, Maddison.

Maddison is an exceptionally hard working and driven student. Maddison is currently surpassing her DDD target grade and is working towards SSS. This is due to her fabulous work ethic and the fact that she always submits exceptional work to be proud of. Maddison rarely gets a resubmission for her assignments. Maddison is in the fabulous position of having not lost any BTEC points towards her end total. This excellent work ethic is the same when she trains and competes in her running events. Maddison is involved in all aspects of college life through the department. Before covid Maddison completed over 30 days of valuable work experience, completed her Level 1 Rugby umpiring course and also her first aid qualification. Based on Maddison’s fantastic work ethic during her work experience placement with the council they offered Maddison the opportunity to undertake the RLSS Lifeguarding Qualification. Maddison is now employed by the council at their swimming facilities as a consequence of her fantastic work ethic.  Maddison is going on to study sport science at Lancaster university.”

AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Travel & Tourism

Congratulations to Cara Cassidy this year’s winner of the BTEC Travel & Tourism award. Keep up the good work, Cara.

Cara is an exceptional Travel and Tourism student who had one ambition upon joining the course back in 2019 and that was to be cabin crew. Cara participated in open events, and is a great ambassador for our course, achieving top grades in her work and showing great practical skills as well as written. Cara applied for cabin crew positions throughout the pandemic and was successful in securing a job with Ryanair. During lockdown, Cara successfully completed the rigorous cabin crew training passing with “flying” colours and has successfully crewed her first 3 flights. Whilst studying for her wings, Cara has kept in contact with her teachers and is now back in college to finish her BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, showing determination to succeed and achieve the career of her dreams as well as her full qualification. A true role model to all students, especially those studying Travel and Tourism, with similar career aspirations, proving that even in the middle of a pandemic there are dream jobs to be had if you are motivated, passionate and prepared to work hard.”

AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Uniformed Protective Services

Congratulations to Anya Price this year’s winner of the BTEC Uniformed Protective Services award. Keep up the good work, Anya.

Anya has been a truly outstanding student for two years and has fully engaged in all aspects of the course. A student who prides herself on her work, and has a ‘pass first time’ mentality. Anya maintained an excellent attendance to college of 98%, and always got involved in the learning process no matter what it was. Anya is also a valuable member of Lancashire Police cadets holding the rank of Inspector, and is hopeful of joining Lancashire Constabulary in the near future, where we know she will shine. A wonderful person with time for anyone and a really strong desire to be successful and make a difference. Anya is pursuing a career with the police and has applied to be a police special.”

AWARDS 2021 -Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year

Congratulations to Liv Golden, this year’s winner of the Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year award, kindly donated by Leeds Beckett University. Keep up the good work, Liv.

Liv loves sports. In addition to studying her BTEC, Liv has completed both the Community Sports Leader and the Higher Sports Leader awards to a very high standard. Liv has also represented college at football and basketball over her 2 years at Blackpool Sixth. In addition, before covid, she has volunteered at every open event whether they were in the evening or weekends. Her bubbly personality inspires those around her. During the recent lockdowns Liv hosted many online events for the girls basketball team which kept them all together through challenging times. Liv is a true team player. With regards to her sporting achievements outside of college she also plays for Blackpool Netball Team. Her commitment and level of dedication ensured she won Players Player last season. Liv is going on to study sport and exercise science at Lancaster University.”

VISUAL ARTS

Head of Department Elaine Little announces and congratulates the winners from Blackpool Sixth’s Visual Arts department.
BTEC Art and A Level ArtCatriona McArthur
A Level Photography and GraphicsAmelia Smith
BTEC Fashion and A Level TextilesAimee Reid
AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Art and A Level Art

Congratulations to Catriona McArthur, this year’s winner of the BTEC Art and A Level Art award, kindly donated by Bryan Lindop. Keep up the good work, Catriona.

Catriona is an exceptional student, highly skilled and very talented. She has shown this not only through her drawings but also within her use of alternative media such as photography and digital illustration. Catriona has shown she can critically reflect upon her own work ensuring her ideas clearly meet her intentions, she is fully informed, sustained and focused in her approaches. Catriona has accepted an offer to study Law at Leeds University.”

AWARDS 2021 -A Level Photography and Graphics

Congratulations to Amelia Smith, this year’s winner of the A Level Photography and Graphics award, kindly donated by Bryan Lindop. Keep up the good work, Amelia.

Amelia has juggled 3 art subjects so well over the last few years, sometimes without specialist equipment, to an exceptional quality. She is driven and focused and has found a love and passion for surface pattern design. She has applied this aspect professionally and she skillfully interprets this passion through each creative visual art discipline. She will continue to develop these skills at Northumbria University as she studies Interior Design.”

AWARDS 2021 -BTEC Fashion and A Level Textiles

Congratulations to Aimee Reid, this year’s winner of the BTEC Fashion and A Level Textiles award, kindly donated by Bryan Lindop. Keep up the good work, Aimee.

Amiee is mature, hardworking and strives to achieve excellence. She has grown in confidence, demonstrating independence throughout her studies. Her outcomes for BTEC Fashion have been heavily influenced by the fashion industry and she has successfully combined the taught skills and techniques in a personal way. She has continued to develop her own visual language developing this into a number of sophisticated fashion outcomes and marketing campaigns. Aimee intends to study sports design at the University of the Arts London; we are certain she will make a real impact on the fashion industry.”

Congratulations to all of our highly commended students…

SubjectHighly Commended
A Level Business StudiesHarry Burden
BTEC BusinessEmily Peacock
A Level ComputingJack Vickers
A Level EconomicsMarcus Jolly
BTEC ICTEdward Dawkins
Diploma in Financial StudiesChristian Johnstone
A Level English LanguageElla Peebles
A Level English LiteratureLucy Grimshaw
A Level Modern Foreign LanguagesErin Precious
A Level Classical CivilisationGeorge Elliot
A Level GeographyJed Saunders
A Level HistoryDavyd Tolkach
A Level LawElyssa Dimelow
A Level Religion, Ethics and PhilosophyLucy Grimshaw
A Level MathsLiam Wylie
A Level Further MathsCharlotte Pilling
A Level StatisticsTara Caveney
  
BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre and DanceCassia Turner
A Level ChemistryKoray Bacakoglu
A Level ElectronicsLiam Wylie
A Level PhysicsBruno Eaves
CTEC EngineeringBright Wansaksr
BTEC Applied ScienceAngelyms Sharif Valdes
A Level PsychologyAlice Hurt
A Level SociologyAndrew Speight
BTEC Health & Social CareElla Thacker
BTEC Sport and A Level PEMatt Davitt
BTEC Travel & TourismAmy Gee
BTEC Uniformed Protective ServicesMilly Probert
BTEC Art and A Level ArtAleyna Gungor
A Level Photography and GraphicsSarah Loveland
BTEC Fashion and A Level TextilesMia Verity

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Award for Contributions to the Life of the CollegeAmy Shuttleworth
The Award for Outstanding Performance in DebatingHannah Eaglestone
The International Student of the Year AwardKristyna Nova
The Mr & Mrs Beauchamp Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Lower SixthJia Jie Guo
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the A Level ProgrammeKhushi Krishna
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Vocational ProgrammeMegan Nelson Hunter
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Combined ProgrammeSun Crabtree
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 ProgrammeGrace Wardley
The Rachel Thompson Memorial Award for Determination and Commitment in Challenging CircumstancesBenjamin McClelland
The Award for Social Action in the CommunityChloe Evans

 

Principal Jill Gray announces and congratulates the winners for our special awards.

 

 

The Award for Exceptional Performance and Development of Employability SkillsMarcus Jolley
The Christine Walker Memorial Fund Award donated by the Blackpool and District branch of Soroptimist InternationalLauren Orchiston
The Award for JournalismElla Peebles
The Linda Barclay Award for the Strongest Development and Improvement over Two YearsAaron Morrow
The ‘Words of Art’ Creative Writing AwardOlivia Mathieson
The Award for Contribution to EnvironmentalismMaya Lindley
The Award for Work ExperienceYasmin Lewtas-Wood
The Award for Student Ambassador of the YearAmy Shuttleworth
The Reading List Foundation ScholarshipBen McClelland
The Reading List Foundation ScholarshipSophie McClelland
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Deserving Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar BirtwhistleAaron Morrow
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Outstanding Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar BirtwhistleAndrew Speight
Student of the YearHannah Eaglestone

The Alumnus of the Year Award

The Derek Slater Memorial Award for University Progression in Ancient History

Chloe Davies

George Elliot

 

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Contributions to the Life of the College (1)

Congratulations to Amy Shuttleworth, this year’s winner of the The Award for Contributions to the Life of the College, kindly donated by Handelsbanken. Keep up the good work, Amy.

Amy is an outstanding student who consistently goes above and beyond and epitomises everything about being a student at Blackpool Sixth. As chair of the Student Council for 20/21 she succeeded in helping to support her fellow students’ wellbeing with the Learn to Live and Thrive campaigns and promoted a positive college community spirit through social media engagement throughout lockdown.

Amy drives her creative ideas forward, is incredibly organised and motivated. She is passionate about representing students and ensuring their views and ideas are shared with leaders of the college, which she does in a respectful and mature way. She has led a number of fundraising initiatives for the Blue Skies charity, as well as giving her time to support them by physically volunteering. Amy  also helped to provide food and donations for Home Start and Streetlife at Christmas. Amy has given so much of her free time to help with the college marketing efforts in producing promotional content, running the student social media on a daily basis, as well as orchestrating student takeover events for virtual open events and recruitment drives. I have genuinely never met a student that cares so much about Blackpool Sixth, its students and its community, and she is a worthy winner of this award.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Outstanding Performance in Debating

Congratulations to  Hannah Eaglestone, this year’s winner of the The Award for Outstanding Performance in Debating. Keep up the good work, Hannah.

Hannah is a fantastic student who has regularly demonstrated her excellent communication skills during her time at Blackpool Sixth. Hannah has shown herself to be a very able and competent public speaker and her ability to debate issues intelligently has had a hugely positive impact on the community. She is a youth engagement officer with Headstart Blackpool, leading resilience sessions and working on local campaigns. In February 2020, Hannah was the lead on the ‘Blackpool Beating Bullying’ Campaign and as a result, the first co-produced charter mark for schools was created. Having presented and debated the merits of the campaign in the town hall in front of local councillors, Hannah gained a unanimous vote from Blackpool Council for the campaign to be supported politically. In addition to this, Hannah was involved in consultations with the Department for Education and Ofqual, representing the views and concerns of students about future examinations. Hannah is planning to study for a degree in Working with Children, Young People and Families at the University of Cumbria and we wish her every success for the future.”

AWARDS 2021_The International Student of the Year Award

Congratulations to Kristyna Nova, this year’s winner of the The International Student of the Year Award. Kindly donated by Palatine Rotary. Keep up the good work, Kristyna.

Kristyna is an outstanding student. She is meticulous in her studies and has continually strived to achieve the highest standards, both in the work she has produced, the contributions made in class and during her work placement at Windmill Day Nursery. Kristyna is dedicated to her career goal to become an Operating Department Practitioner, working in hospital operating theatres. Kristyna is an exceptional and focused student who has critically considered the role of health and social care around the world, demonstrating a unique perspective towards care standards. She has sought out opportunities to continually grow and develop and is driven by her passion for caring. Kristyna is progressing to the University of Leicester to study for a degree in Operating Department Practice and we are certain she will make an excellent practitioner.”

AWARDS 2021_The Mr & Mrs Beauchamp Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Lower Sixth

Congratulations to Jia Jie Guo, this year’s winner of the Mr & Mrs I P Beauchamp Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Lower Sixth. Kindly donated by Shirley Richmond. Keep up the good work, Jia Jie.

Jia Jie has had a very successful year at Blackpool Sixth and despite the challenges of COVID restrictions and remote learning, has become an active member of the college, getting involved in all aspects of college life. Jia Jie is a dedicated student who works hard in his studies in IT and Computer Science. He shows extensive knowledge in these subjects and is achieving high grades. Jia Jie is always willing to help his peers and has played an important role in helping his friends make custom computer keyboards. He has joined the college’s Career Ready Programme, giving him valuable employability skills and experience in industry. Jia Jie works incredibly hard in his studies and extra curricular activities and we are excited to see what the next year will bring for him. We are confident Jia Jie’s success will continue. Well done!”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the A Level Programme

Congratulations to Khushi Krishna, this year’s winner of The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the A Level Programme. Kindly donated by Jaya Ravi. Keep up the good work, Khushi.

Khushi has had an excellent two years at Blackpool Sixth. She has consistently achieved A* and A grades in her Maths, Further Maths and Economics courses. A respectful student who always participates fully in college life, seeks advice from others when needed, and supports her fellow students. Khushi enjoys imparting her knowledge and experiences to help others and this has included mentoring current lower sixth students with their university applications. To add to this, Kushi’s EPQ titled, ‘To what extent do the advantages of British imperialism on the socioeconomic climate of India outweigh the disadvantages’ undoubtedly assisted her in receiving an offer to study economics at the University of Cambridge. We wish her all the best in her next steps.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Vocational Programme

Congratulations to Megan Nelson Hunter, this year’s winner of The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Vocational Programme. Kindly donated by Manchester Metropolitan University. Keep up the good work, Megan.

Megan is an exceptionally hard working student and is currently on target to achieve top grades in her BTEC Business and Sport and Exercise Science courses. This is due to her outstanding and relentless pursuit of excellence and the fact that she always submits exceptional work. Her admirable work ethic is evidenced by the way she trains, competes, volunteers and referees in the world of ladies football. Megan is always keen to help her peers achieve their best, she is extremely reliable and trustworthy and you would always want Megan on your team! Megan is an excellent leader, demonstrating a high level of proficiency in her Sports Leaders course and has many hours of volunteering behind her helping to support both primary and secondary aged children. She has represented the college over the last 2 years as goalkeeper for the girls football team, helping them become league champions 2 years on the run. Megan has won a plethora of awards including Commended Young Female Referee of Lancashire 2019, Goalkeeper of the Season 2019 and Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year 2020. All this with the ever present smile on her face. Megan is going on to study sports therapy at Edge Hill University and we are sure she will be very successful in the future.”

_AWARDS 2021_ The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Combined Programme

Congratulations to Sun Crabtree, this year’s winner of The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Combined Programme. Kindly donated by Falmouth University . Keep up the good work, Sun.

Sun’s achievements at Blackpool Sixth have been truly remarkable as Sun has faced some significant personal challenges, coping with loss and serious health issues. Sun is a determined individual who, despite everything, has shown a strong commitment to securing a positive future for themselves. Sun has worked voluntarily as the Young Persons director for Fylde and Wyre at ACE, a mental health charity, supporting many others facing difficulties and had an integral role in designing the charity’s strategic plan.  Sun has also made a significant contribution to the college’s nationally award-winning magazine ‘Sixth Sense’ using their graphic design and marketing skills to help to raise the profile of the magazine. Despite serious personal challenges, Sun’s resilience has proved extraordinary and has led to high academic achievement and the offer of a place at Durham University to study Liberal Arts. Well done Sun and we wish you lots of luck for the future.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 Programme

Congratulations to Grace Wardley, this year’s winner of The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 Programme. Kindly donated by Glasdon. Keep up the good work, Grace.

During her time at Blackpool Sixth on the Route 3 course, Grace has gone from strength to strength. In what has been a challenging year for all students, Grace has shown resilience and determination and excelled in her studies. Grace has developed in confidence and matured into a sophisticated learner who has been a pleasure to teach. Next year Grace aims to join the lower sixth to study Level 3 triple Health and Social Care. Well done Grace, what a fantastic year.”

Copy of AWARDS 2021_The Rachel Thompson Memorial Award for Determination and Commitment in Challenging Circumstances

Congratulations to Benjamin McClelland, this year’s winner of The Rachel Thompson Memorial Award for Determination and Commitment in Challenging Circumstances. Kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Thompson. Keep up the good work, Benjamin.

Ben has faced some personal circumstances this year which have been extremely challenging for him. Ben has had to take on more adult responsibilities at home including moving with his siblings to a new house and taking on a parental role with them. Ben has done all of this alongside trying to keep up with his studies in triple BTEC IT. He has worked extremely hard to make sure he has stayed up to date with his work. He has accessed support here at college and he has also been in contact with the University of Bolton where staff have kindly helped Ben in the creation of his portfolio. We firmly believe Ben deserves to be recognised for his achievements in light of what he has been through in the last year and how he has dealt with it. Despite everything, Ben has continued to have a smile on his face everyday. He is hoping to apply to the University of Bolton and continue his studies and we wish him every success for the future.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Social Action in the Community (1)

Congratulations to Chloe Evans, this year’s winner of The Award for Social Action in the Community. Kindly donated by Glasgow Caledonian University . Keep up the good work, Chloe.

 Chloe has faced many difficult personal circumstances during her time at college, yet during the past academic year she has thrived in her art studies. Despite her challenging situation, Chloe dedicates a lot of her time outside college to help homeless people in Blackpool, taking part in fundraisers, working for local charities, helping with handing out and serving food packages, particularly at Christmas, and raising funds for Donna’s Dream House. Her next goal is to volunteer abroad on a scholarship in Cambodia offered by Global Vision International, an award-winning organisation that focuses on conservation and community development programmes. Chloe’s actions in the community heavily underpin her exciting and successful studies in art and Chloe hopes one day to start her own charity to help the homeless.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Exceptional Performance and Development of Employability Skills

Congratulations to Marcus Jolly, this year’s winner of The AGC chemicals Award for Exceptional Performance and Development of Employability Skills. Keep up the good work, Marcus.

Marcus has been an exceptional student on the college’s Career Ready programme over the last year which has seen him grow from strength to strength. Despite the restrictions due to the pandemic which meant face to face work experience was not possible, Marcus was not deterred. Keen to develop his employability skills further, Marcus attended a vast array of workshops online to help him to do this. He worked closely with his mentor, Chris, from Handelsbanken, a Swedish private bank with over 200 branches in the UK. Chris says that Marcus has been a delight to mentor and has faced up to the challenges of the last year in a positive way. Due to Marcus’s hard work and determined attitude, he has recently acquired a paid internship at Handelsbanken. He is the youngest recruit this year and beat 169 candidates to the position. We have no doubt that the employability skills Marcus has acquired will continue to support him as he goes to the University of Bath to read Economics.”

AWARDS 2021_The Christine Walker Memorial Fund Award donated by the Blackpool and District branch of Soroptimist International (1)

Congratulations to Lauren Orchiston, this year’s winner of The Christine Walker Memorial Fund Award donated by the Blackpool and District branch of Soroptimist International. Keep up the good work, Lauren.

Lauren is a keen scientist who has always been happy to support the science department, volunteering at college open events and the International Women’s Day event, encouraging young people into the sciences, representing the department at directors’ meetings and being an active participant in the college’s Science Club. Lauren also volunteered in college as a student librarian and could always be relied upon to carry out her role with enthusiasm and attention to detail. In particular, Lauren’s help, ideas and efforts in planning and executing the pop-up shop to raise funds for Guide Dogs was most appreciated.  Lauren is an altruistic person who cares passionately about her family and others. During lockdown 2020, Lauren worked three days a week as a key worker, helping the vulnerable members of her community and she managed to do all this alongside keeping up to date with her studies. Lauren plans to go on to study Forensic Science at the University of Central Lancashire and we wish her every success for the future.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Journalism (1)

Congratulations to Ella Peebles, this year’s winner of The Telegraph Media Award for Journalism Award. Keep up the good work, Ella.

 Ella has been an inspirational Editor of the college’s award winning ‘Sixth Sense’ magazine in the most difficult and unusual of academic years. Always driving the publication forward, Ella’s ambition to tackle a wide range of unusual and sometimes controversial subjects has resulted in an editorial and writing team which have produced fascinating and thought provoking articles. Ella and her social media team have worked incredibly hard to set up the college’s vibrant and engaging Instagram account, resulting in many more people reading the excellent journalism produced by the wider team.  Ella should be very proud as her enthusiasm and careful, professional direction has meant that she leaves Sixth Sense in capable hands. Well done Ella!”

_AWARDS 2021_The Linda Barclay Award for the Strongest Development and Improvement over Two Years

Congratulations to Aaron Morrow, this year’s winner of The Linda Barclay Award for the Strongest Development and Improvement over Two Years. Keep up the good work, Aaron.

Aaron is an exceptional student, continually excelling throughout the time that he has been at Blackpool Sixth. Aaron had a greatly disrupted education at high school, due to a variety of health reasons. In spite of numerous obstacles, he has continued to strive to develop his academic prowess, achieving excellent grades within his combined course programme, as well as building his confidence by being an active member of the student council.  In spite of all of the challenges of the last year, Aaron has continued to show great resilience and strength. Aaron has a conditional offer from the University of Salford to study Computing. Everyone who has worked with Aaron at Blackpool Sixth is thrilled with all of his achievements and we wish him every success for the future.”

AWARDS 2021_The 'Words of Art' Creative Writing Award

Congratulations to Olivia Mathieson, this year’s winner of The ‘Words of Art’ Creative Writing Prize, kindly donated by Allcool NW. Keep up the good work, Olivia.

Olivia was nominated to win this prize by fellow student, Ella Peebles, who is the current editor of the college magazine ‘Sixth Sense’. Ella found it very difficult to choose between this year’s cohort of very talented writers, but felt that Olivia’s articles and reviews had been especially impressive. Of particular note was Olivia’s review of the film, ‘500 Days of Summer’ in which she demonstrated her ability to craft her own unique style. Olivia has proved herself to be an extremely talented and creative writer and is very deserving of this prize.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Contribution to Environmentalism

Congratulations to Maya Lindley, this year’s winner of  The Award for Contribution to Environmentalism, kindly donated Keele University. Keep up the good work, Maya.

Maya is a founding member of the college’s Eco Action group. Since the group started in December, Maya has emerged as an extremely proactive and passionate advocate for the environment. She has demonstrated excellent leadership skills, taking a key role in driving all the group’s main initiatives.  Beyond college, Maya is a member of Blackpool’s Youth Climate Assembly and has received great praise for her dedication and for the support she gives to younger members of the group. Moreover, Maya recently produced an excellent blog post on an environmental theme for an international youth organisation.  I have no doubt that she will continue to lead extremely positive changes within college and in the wider world as she enters her Upper Sixth year.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Work Experience (1)

Congratulations to Yasmin Lewtas-Wood, this year’s winner of  The Award for Work Experience, kindly donated by Nicholas Massey. Keep up the good work, Yasmin.

A proactive student, Yasmin has taken advantage of a number of work experience opportunities in the field of veterinary science which is the area she would like to work in in the future. This has included spending time at Lanes Farm Vets, Blackpool Victoria Hospital (Orthopaedic Ward) and at National Veterinary Services Ltd, where she enjoyed the professional environment and gained key skills and experiences within the workplace. With the latter, Yasmin made a great impression and was offered a part time role as a laboratory assistant so she has continued to work for the company, gaining new skills all the time and valuable experience for the future. Yasmin is planning to study Veterinary Physiotherapy at Berkshire College of Agriculture. We wish her all the best for her future endeavours.”

AWARDS 2021_The Award for Student Ambassador of the Year (2)

Congratulations to Amy Shuttleworth, this year’s winner of The Award for Student Ambassador of the Year. Keep up the good work, Amy.

Representing the wider college community as the Chair of the Student Council, Amy has immersed herself in college life, demonstrating a positive, supportive and committed attitude. Whilst Amy excelled in all of her subjects, she has also supported local charities by arranging cross college fund-raising activities and volunteering her time to support the Blue Skies charity. Amy has also been involved in representing her classmates whilst co-presenting a ‘Question Time’ style event at the college, where she liaised with local political party leaders and other prominent figures in the community, conducting herself in a highly professional manner. Amy has been an asset to the college and wider community and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours at Durham University where she plans to study Criminology.”

AWARDS 2021_The Reading List Foundation Scholarship

Congratulations to Benjamin McClelland, this year’s winner of The Reading List Foundation Scholarship. Keep up the good work, Benjamin.

Ben has overcome significant challenges in order to succeed during his time at Blackpool Sixth. Due to some extremely sad personal circumstances, Ben endured a house move, where he accepted responsibility for a younger sibling and management of the home. Ben accepted his additional responsibilities with maturity and was determined to continue to work hard on his college assignments. Ben dedicated a lot of his time outside of his lessons to ensure he kept up with all his deadlines and completed his course work. He has demonstrated an admirable work ethic and true resilience. Ben has accepted an offer at the University of Central Lancashire to study Games Design and we wish him the very best for his future.”

Copy of AWARDS 2021_The Reading List Foundation Scholarship_2

Congratulations to Sophie McClelland, this year’s winner of The Reading List Foundation Scholarship. Keep up the good work, Sophie.

Sophie is an excellent student who has worked consistently hard over her two years at Blackpool Sixth, despite encountering very challenging circumstances. Throughout her time at college, Sophie has been incredibly resilient and has always maintained the high standards that she sets for herself. In addition to this, Sophie demonstrates a genuine kindness and care towards her fellow students. She has a maturity and desire to succeed that will ensure she has a very bright future ahead. Without a doubt, Sophie is deserving of this scholarship and we would like to wish her every success for the future as she leaves us to study Film at Lancaster University.”

AWARDS 2021_The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Deserving Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar Birtwhistle

Congratulations to Aaron Morrow, this year’s winner of The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Deserving Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar Birtwhistle. Keep up the good work, Aaron.

Having received the ‘Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 Programme’ Award two years ago for his dedication and achievement, Aaron progressed on to Computer Science A level and BTEC Film and Television. During his time studying level 3 courses, Aaron has faced many personal health challenges and has had caring responsibilities for his parents. All of this has been compounded by the pandemic and especially recently when the whole family had covid. Despite this, Aaron has worked without complaint at his studies, pushing himself for the highest grades and achieving above his targets. Aaron has contributed to college life in many ways, particularly as a member of the college’s student council, becoming a senior council member and active participant. Aaron has recently been involved with the college’s Thrive podcasts, liaising with senior leadership staff in regards to student wellbeing. Aaron has conditional offers from the University of Salford and Edge Hill University for Computing/Software Engineering and we are sure that wherever he goes he will be successful, well done Aaron!”

AWARDS 2021_The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Outstanding Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar Birtwhistle (2)

Congratulations to Amy Shuttleworth, this year’s winner of The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Outstanding Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar Birtwhistle. Keep up the good work, Amy.

Amy is an exceptional student who has embraced the core values of the college demonstrating a mature, kind and committed work ethic. Consistently excelling in her studies, Amy has been an outstanding asset to the college through volunteering her time for fundraising, representing the college as the Chair of the Student Council and overseeing the International Women’s Day event. Her achievements at the college have undoubtedly assisted her in receiving an offer from Durham University to study Criminology. We look forward to hearing about all the brilliant things that Amy will go on to achieve and we wish her all the best with her future endeavours.”

AWARDS 2021_SPECIAL AWARDS TEMPLATE

Congratulations to George Elliot, this year’s winner of The Derek Slater Memorial Award for University Progression in Ancient History. Keep up the good work, George.

George is an exceptionally gifted historian and throughout his time at Blackpool Sixth, he has worked relentlessly towards his goal of reading history at a top university. George’s consistent standards of excellence and his fantastic work ethic have resulted in high grades in all assessments over the two year course. Moreover, George’s commitment to super-curricular reading and the study of history beyond the requirements of the course have meant that he has been a fantastic participant in class discussions and has been able to support the learning of his peers. George’s exceptional dedication and enthusiasm for Ancient History has gained him a fantastic offer to read Ancient and Modern History at the University of St. Andrews and we wish him every success for the future.”

AWARDS 2021_The Alumnus of the Year Award (1)

Congratulations to Chloe Davies, this year’s winner of Alumnus of the year Award, kindly donated by Santander. Keep up the good work, Chloe.

Since leaving Blackpool Sixth 3 years ago, Chloe has continued to support the college and, in particular, the Business and IT department. Chloe has helped to support and develop the department’s employability award and the Career Ready Programme. She has created videos that have helped to give an insight into life beyond college and has shared hints and tips on how to secure degree apprenticeships in Business. Chloe has given up her time to email and chat to students who are looking into apprenticeships at Ernst & Young and JP Morgan, two global financial companies, and she has shared her experiences of going through the recruitment process with these companies, giving students valuable advice. Chloe has set up links between our Business and IT department and employees at Ernst &Young who have helped us support students with information and advice about working in the financial services industry. Thank you for all your support Chloe.”

AWARDS 2021_Student of the Year

Congratulations to Hannah Eaglestone, this year’s winner of Student of the Year Award. Keep up the good work, Hannah.

Hannah is a remarkable student. She has maintained high attendance during both years at Blackpool Sixth and performed incredibly well in her studies. She has several health issues that make her high attendance even more commendable. Hannah is an exemplary student with an impressive work ethic. She always strives to achieve the highest of standards in her studies and is happy to mentor and support her peers. Alongside her studies, Hannah has been involved in many college and community events, assisting with college open events and working on local campaigns. During the pandemic, Hannah worked with Central library to create online resources aimed at 10-16 year olds, supporting wellbeing and resilience. She is a youth engagement officer with Headstart Blackpool, running resilience sessions with young people and in February 2020, was the lead on the ‘Blackpool Beating Bullying’ Campaign and as a result, the first co-produced charter mark for schools was created. Hannah has also been involved in consultations with the Department for Education and Ofqual, representing the views and concerns of students about future examinations. Hannah leaves us to join the University of Cumbria to study for a degree in Working with Children, Young People and Families and we know that she will continue to make a positive difference in people’s lives. We wish Hannah every success for the future.”

Congratulations to our highly commended special award winners…

The Award for Contributions to the Life of the CollegeAcsa Moldovan
Jed Saunders
Georgia Graham
Zara Harris
Sophie Hird
The Award for Outstanding Performance in DebatingAndrew Speight
The International Student of the Year AwardYana Sianiuta
Mr & Mrs I P Beauchamp Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Lower SixthMaya Lindley
Freyja Harrison-Wood
Nabil Hafiz
Alex Christy
Chloe Kidd
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the A Level ProgrammeAlicia Middlehurst
Liam Wylie
Andrew Speight
Charlotte Jeff
Bruno Eaves
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Vocational ProgrammeHarry Mitchem
Jaheen Zafar
Amber Barton
Jess Russell
Beth Horseley
Przemek Jerchweicz
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Combined ProgrammeElla Thacker
Matt Davitt
Abi Welch
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 ProgrammeAngel Gregson
Jack Cox
Alix Borrowdale
Fay Tomlinson
The Rachel Thompson Memorial Prize for Determination and Commitment in Challenging CircumstancesSophie McClelland
Leah Peachey
Aaron Morrow
Matteo Pertica
Louise Pearson
The Award for Social Action in the CommunityBen Wilson
Hannah Eaglestone
Kyle Atkinson
Zara Harris
The AGC chemicals Award for Exceptional Performance and Development of Employability SkillsMaisie Green
Lily Ogden
The Christine Walker Memorial Fund Award donated by the Blackpool and District branch of Soroptimist InternationalCharlotte Pilling
The Linda Barclay Award for the Strongest Development and Improvement over Two YearsRocco Giannone
Leah Mallinson
Nishan Khajuria
Lucy Truelove
Lark Mundy
Max Parkinson
The award for Work ExperienceConnor Dagger
Melissa Whitmore
Jess Russell
The Santander Award for the Student Ambassador of the YearLuke Kilgour
Tom Holden
Ellie Gray
The Reading List Foundation ScholarshipSun Crabtree
Leah Peachey
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Deserving Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar BirtwhistleBenjamin McClelland
Sophie McClelland
Aleah Franklin-Williams
Hannah Laycock
Millie Patefield
Jacob Greaves
Daisy Harakins
Sun Crabtree
Leah Peachey
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Outstanding Student in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar BirtwhistleEmily Peacock
Liam Wylie
Jack Vickers
Erin Precious
Andrew Speight
Alicia Middlehurst
Sophie Lynn
Aaron Morrow
Caitlin Moss
Phoebe Coulton
Student of the YearEmily Peacock
Hannah Laycock
Amy Shuttleworth