On the 29th and 30th of June from 6:30pm we will be holding our annual Student Awards ceremony online, 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. Please join us for two evenings of celebration on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages:
We would like to say a huge thank you to the following individuals and local companies who have donated towards this year’s awards.
- Jez Brett
- Dr and Mrs Ravi
- Andy Cross
- Mr Werner Conn
- Elisabeth Abbott
- Julia Marmo
- Carole Tyler
- Patricia Marquis
- Bryan Lindop
- Shirley Richmond
- Nicholas Massey
- Philip Barlow, Headteacher Chantlers Primary School
- Blackpool Sixth Estates Team
- Chris Powers
Please click on any of the business names to visit their website.
Congratulations to our wonderful students and their achievements. Nomination citations for each award can be found below, along with a list of Highly Commended students.
Special Award Winners
Huge congratulations to James Farrow, this year’s winner of The Award for Contributions to the Life of the College, donated by The Lancashire magazine. Keep up the good work, James!
“James has been a brilliant ambassador for the college, with the fantastic contribution he has made to the Student Council. He has been a key driver in helping to develop our council, leaving it in a very strong position. He has pressed forward with the council’s agenda of helping students overcome difficulties and led on the initiatives of student cinema screenings and the ongoing Learn to Live campaign. These contributions have not only developed the council but have also contributed to the life of all students at the college. Thank you James for being a superb member of the council and an amazing Chair. We wish James every success as he moves on to university.”
The Award for Outstanding Performance in Debating goes to Rhowan Nightingale. This is a brilliant achievement, Rhowan, very well done!
“Rhowan has made outstanding progress throughout her three years at Blackpool Sixth, demonstrating a mature attitude and commitment to learning and growing in confidence. She was a key member of a group of students who worked with mental health professionals to set up and take part in the successful Young People’s Mental Health debate, hosted at college earlier this year. Rhowan spoke with passion and knowledge during the debate. She has also previously worked with CAMHS to help set up Entwined Minds, a participation group for young people and their parents and carers, taking a role as the lead ambassador. We wish Rhowan the very best as she moves on to university and we are sure she will be successful.”
Angelyms Valdes is the recipient of the award for International Student of the Year, donated by NST Travel Group. Well done on all your hard work, it’s certainly paid off!
“Angelyms is an extremely conscientious student, who has a fantastic attitude to her studies. She is a reliable student who has worked extremely hard and made every effort to progress. Angelyms is not a native speaker of English, but during her time at college, her knowledge of English has improved tremendously. She has shown a real determination to succeed and achieve her goals.”
This year the Mr & Mrs I P Beauchamp Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Lower Sixth is awarded to Charley Heywood. Congratulations on this excellent achievement, Charley!
“Charley is an exceptional student who has been with us for 3 years, progressing from the college’s Route 3 programme. Charley is a very resilient, hard-working student who constantly strives to better herself and always achieves the top grades in both her BTEC IT and BTEC Business. She has a part-time job as a pharmacist’s assistant and has therefore been working long hours as a key worker during the COVID 19 pandemic. This has not stopped her completing her work from home to the highest standard which is a credit to her exceptional work ethic. With Charley’s drive and determination we have no doubt that her next chapter will continue to bring the success she has had with us at Blackpool Sixth and we wish her well.”
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the A Level Programme goes to Chloe Davies. Congratulations on all of your success this year, Chloe!
“Chloe is one of the most resilient students we have ever had in the department and she has not let her personal challenges affect her studies or her overall college experience. She is a student who consistently achieves the highest grades in her studies and embraces every opportunity that comes her way. Chloe has taken part in the college’s Career Ready programme and has set her standards high in terms of who she would like to work for in the future. She has always had her heart set on working at JP Morgan, a global financial institution, and successfully completed a week’s work experience with the company. From this experience, Chloe has been given the opportunity to fast track part of the company’s application process, if she wants to apply to work there in the future. Chloe also completed work placements at a range of other firms including the Halifax bank. Chloe has been able to use her experiences to inspire other students with the same determination to reach out to major corporations and aim to work for them. Chloe was successful in being offered an apprenticeship with both JP Morgan and as Ernest Young, two of the biggest financial institutions in the world, which is a credit to Chloe’s hard work and ambition. Whichever path she takes, we know Chloe will continue to be a success and we wish her the best of luck with everything in the future.”
Amanah Farooq takes this year’s award for Outstanding Achievement in the BTEC Programme. Huge congratulations Amanah, keep up the good work!
“An exceptionally proactive student, Amanah has exceeded her target grades in the Extended Diploma in Applied Science. All her assignments have been submitted to deadline and always to a very high standard. Her ability to prioritise and manage a heavy workload is truly excellent. She has put maximum effort into her studies from start to finish and she fully deserves all the success that comes her way. Amanah is going on to study pharmacy at university and we wish her well.”
This year’s award for Outstanding Achievement in the Combined Programme goes to Joe McNally. Well done on this brilliant achievement, Joe!
“Joe is testament to how far a student can progress through work-related experiences. Joe has embraced every opportunity over the last two years which has included working with an Upper Sixth student and an external client on a website design, an internship at Wyre council, a challenge to design a new app for KPMG and work experience at Wyre Borough Council. Through all these experiences it was commented on how professional, confident and committed he was to every task undertaken. They also commented on Joe’s expert subject knowledge, which was mind boggling as to the level of depth and detail he was able to go into, with several managers commenting that they had never seen a student of his age with that level of ability. This young man’s attitude to everything he undertakes is positive and ‘can do’, and is now matched with his confidence and ambition. We look forward to what the future will bring for Joe.”
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 Programme goes to Jake Wood. This is a brilliant accomplishment Jake, well done!
“Jake is a hard-working student who has been an absolute credit to himself and to Blackpool Sixth this academic year. During his time on the Route3 course, he has developed in confidence and has been a pleasure to teach. Jake is motivated and driven and his work ethic is second to none. He has been a fantastic ambassador for the Route 3 programme and he has been involved in the wider college community by sitting on the Student Council. Jake has 100% attendance which is testament to his dedication and willingness to learn. Jake is passionate about joining the Lower Sixth next year and aims to study Level 3 BTEC Business, BTEC IT and Finance and we are sure he will be successful. Well done Jake, what a fantastic year!”
This year the Rachel Thompson Memorial Prize for Determination and Commitment in Challenging Circumstances is awarded to Persia Ordonez. This is a brilliant achievement Persia, congratulations!
“Never have I taught a more determined and committed student. Persia has faced several significant challenges this academic year and she did not allow them to hold back her progress, dedicating substantial time and effort to her work. Persia successfully maintained her studies remotely and engaged with all opportunities to strengthen her understanding on her return to college. Her resilience and positive attitude is inspiring to others and we are extremely proud of everything she has achieved this year. Persia intends to study advertising at the University of the Arts, London and we wish her every success for the future.”
Congratulations to Molly Marchant, who takes this year’s award for Social Action in the Community. Well done on all your hard work Molly, it’s certainly paid off!
“Molly is one of the most caring and socially-aware students we have ever known. She has always had a passion for community action, having been involved in a charity mission in Romania teaching English and building houses and a volunteer for the Sue Ryder charity before coming to Blackpool Sixth. During her time at the college, Molly has been one of the key drivers in our regeneration project at Cottam Playing Fields and was an ambassador at the International Women’s Day event. Molly is constantly looking for new challenges and this includes doing a course in sign language and volunteering to complete a training course in suicide awareness in order to support young people. Locally, she has undertaken charity work at Amity, a Lytham based charity shop, and has coached netball to younger age groups. Before lockdown Molly had arranged to become a volunteer for the food Samaritans on the helplines in Blackpool and although this was postponed due to COVID-19, this is something she intends to pick up in the future. Molly is the first to admit that all of these experiences have changed her as a person and we are in no doubt that she will continue to change the world in the future. Well done Molly!”
Huge congratulations to Jakob Johnson, who has won The AGC chemicals Award for Exceptional Performance and Development of Employability Skills. Keep up the good work, Jakob! Thank you to AGC Chemicals Europe for donating this prize.
“An enterprising, creative and talented student, Jakob’s mature and professional approach to his studies has prepared him for work in the creative industries. He is an entrepreneur, already running his own company promoting social media platforms for popular TV shows and also producing promotional material for Merlin Entertainments. Jakob has amassed a huge amount of work experience, including a trip abroad to work on the TV show The X Factor. We wish him every success at university and in his future endeavours.”
The Christine Walker Memorial Fund Award, donated by the Blackpool and District branch of Soroptimist International, goes to Alex Forster. This is a brilliant accomplishment Alex, well done!
“Alex is a dedicated student who has worked extremely hard during her time at the college. She has consistently asked for extra work outside of lessons which has been reflected in her speed and accuracy when completing assignments. Alex’s determination to improve has led to her increased attainment in Further Mathematics. Throughout the course, Alex has had her own personal barriers to overcome but has still found time to support other mathematics students through the mentoring programme and future students in her role across college as a student ambassador. Thank you Alex, we wish you every success for the future.”
The Telegraph Media Award for Journalism goes to Lucy Beirne. Congratulations, Lucy, this is a fantastic achievement! Thank you Telegraph Media for donating this prize.
“Lucy has been an integral part of the college’s award winning ‘Sixth Sense’ magazine this year. Always driving the publication forward, Lucy’s ambition to tackle a wide range of unusual and sometimes risky subjects has resulted in an editorial and writing team which have produced fascinating and thought-provoking articles. However, Lucy’s real triumph as co-editor of the magazine has been her ability to inspire and get the best out of our new cohort of writers. Her enthusiasm and careful direction has meant that she leaves Sixth Sense in capable hands – a fact that she should be very proud of. Lucy leaves us to study English literature and creative writing at Loughborough University where we know she will be incredibly successful.”
Congratulations to Louis Weston, this year’s winner of The Linda Barclay Award for the Strongest Development and Improvement over Two years. Well done Louis!
“Louis has made excellent progress at Blackpool Sixth and it has been a pleasure to watch Louis grow in confidence. Louis has developed into a helpful, mature and independent young person who shows kindness and comfort to those around them. Louis has been crucial in welcoming new students to the college, working alongside peers to promote positivity and support. Always ready to provide thoughtful feedback and new ideas, Louis has been instrumental and energetic in helping to organise fundraising events across the college. Congratulations Louis, you have worked so hard in your studies and in the contributions you have made to college life. You truly deserve to be successful in your next steps after college.”
The ‘Words of Art’ Creative Writing Prize goes to Lottie Scroggie. Congratulations, Lottie, your hard work has paid off!
“Highly organised and determined to succeed, Lottie adopts a mature and enthusiastic approach to her studies. During her time at Blackpool Sixth she has volunteered as a student librarian and has been an active member of the creative writing club. Lottie is passionate about writing and when a film of her reading some of her work was featured on the college website, she received excellent reviews. We wish Lottie every success for the future as she goes on to study at university. Well done Lottie!”
The Award for Contribution to Environmentalism goes to Josh Howlett. Congratulations, Josh!
“Josh is an enthusiastic and engaged member of the biology course. Always putting in his full effort, allowing him to maintain grades above his minimum target grade, and asking questions beyond the syllabus, including around his specific area of interest in ecology and conservation. Josh was a regular volunteer at college open events as well as volunteering for the North Blackpool Pond Trail. Josh worked extremely hard on this project last year and the intention was for Josh to supervise and support other students with the project. The project could not be fully completed due to the lockdown but Josh demonstrated his willingness to encourage and help his peers. Josh intends to study for a degree in animal conservation science at The University of Cumbria and we are sure he will be very successful in the future.”
The Award for Work Experience goes to Chloe Davies, kindly donated by Nicholas Massey. Congratulations, Chloe, this is a fantastic achievement.
“Chloe is a very ambitious, highly motivated student who has always been clear about what she wants to achieve in terms of her career. She has taken part in the Business and IT department’s Career Ready programme and the work experience she has undertaken has played a pivotal role in helping Chloe towards her goal. She has always had her heart set on working at JP Morgan, a global financial institution, and she was successful in her application to complete a week’s work experience with them. During her internship, Chloe was able to network with other young people and with employees of the company. She was also successful in winning a competition at JP Morgan, where she and a group of students were asked to create a new bank. In addition, Chloe completed a week on the Social Mobility Business Partnership programme and a week at Halifax bank. From her experiences, Chloe has been able to inspire other students with the same determination to work for major corporations and to follow their dreams. Chloe was successful in being offered an apprenticeship with both JP Morgan and Ernest Young, two of the biggest financial institutions in the world, which is unheard of and a credit to Chloe’s hard work and ambition. Whichever company position she takes, we know Chloe will continue to be a success and we wish her the best of luck. We also can’t wait for her to return to share her experiences with other students.”
The Award for Student Ambassador of the Year goes to Adam Al Sharifi. This award was kindly donated by Philip Barlow, Headteacher Chantlers Primary School. Congratulations Adam!
“Adam is the absolute definition of ambassador. Having been with us for three years, after joining the college on the Route3 programme, he has proven to be an excellent advocate of the college and has been able to share his experiences with a wide range of students. He has supported the college on numerous occasions, including open events and taster days. He is an approachable student who always greets people with a friendly smile and is willing to help out with promoting the college in any way he can. At some events, Adam has spoken in the theatre to prospective students, parents and carers and more recently, during lockdown, he has continued to support the college from home. He has created a video to share on a virtual platform for our potential new students in which he talks positively about his experiences at Blackpool Sixth. Adam is planning to study at Lancaster University next year and we are sure he will be very successful. There is no one more deserving of this award, well done Adam!”
The Reading List Foundation Scholarships have been awarded to Zac Jennings. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement!
“Zac is an exceptional student who has grown in confidence during his time at Blackpool Sixth. He is hard-working and determined with high levels of self-motivation. Zac has consistently achieved above his minimum target grade, striving to obtain top grades in all his subjects. This is due to his absolute commitment to improve wherever he can and to seek support when needed. These are excellent traits that we know will add to Zac’s success as he moves on to his next chapter at university. We wish Zac all the best for the future.”
The Reading List Foundation Scholarships have been awarded to Sian Morris. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement!
“Sian is an exceptional student, who is dedicated, meticulous and passionate about her studies. Sian’s determination to succeed was evident from our very first meeting, displaying her extensive notes and additional essay answers; evidence of her always striving to improve. As well as being an exceptional student, Sian also undertook roles as a student ambassador and as an advocate/representative of BSL during college events, translating the entire ‘Les Miserables ‘ production. Sian was an absolute delight to have in the classroom, and I am incredibly proud of her taking every challenge in her stride. Sian has received an offer from the University of Oxford to read Archaeology and Anthropology; we wish her the best of luck, and success for the future.”
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Deserving Student, in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar Birtwhistle, goes to Alicja Kemska. A fantastic achievement, well done Alicja!
“Alicja’s dedication and determination to succeed was evident as soon as she enrolled at Blackpool Sixth. Not only has she achieved the highest grades possible, but she has done this whilst overcoming adversity, taking care of her siblings and successfully tackling personal challenges. Alicja became a beacon for her peers in the classroom where she ‘set the bar high’ and she encouraged and supported her fellow students. Alicja gave up her own time to help some of our Route3 learners and to be a Health and Social Care ambassador on open days. Alicja has accepted a place at The University of Central Lancashire where she will read psychology with psychotherapy and counselling.”
The Joyce Birtwhistle HE Support Award for the Most Outstanding Student, in Memory of Joyce & Alan Edgar Birtwhistle, goes to Sam Heap. Congratulations Sam on this fantastic achievement!
“Sam is an individual with a work ethic second to none who is always looking for ways to improve after reflecting on his work, an attitude which continued even into ‘lockdown’. His outstanding effort led to consistently exceptional achievements and in his mock exams, Sam scored A* for all 3 subjects: A Level Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Outside of the lessons, Sam demonstrated his interest by undertaking extra scientific reading and he also entered competitions reaching the Silver award for the British Biology Olympiad and the Gold award in the Chemistry Olympiad, scoring in the top 2% of entrants nationwide. Sam has an offer to study Chemistry at the University of Oxford and we are sure he has a bright future ahead of him. Congratulations Sam!”
⭐ Congratulations to the Blackpool Sixth Student of the Year 2020, James Farrow! Well done on all your hard work James, we wish you all the best for the future. ⭐ Thank you to UpBeat Rock Academy for donating this award.
“James is simply on another level. Across all his subjects, James has endeavoured not just to learn the course content and skills but to truly understand. James has read widely across all topics and this has allowed him to gain a level of understanding far above an A Level course. This level of knowledge has certainly kept his teachers on their toes and given a number of ‘Google moments’. Four A*s in the March mock exams evidence James’ potential. Always ready with a well reasoned and insightful argument, James is able to express his views engagingly but also modestly. Indeed, although his academic success deserves celebration, James’ positive, conscientious and unassuming attitude is also worth celebrating. The college was thrilled when James was offered a place at Oxford to study history and French and we wish him all the best for a bright future.”
The Alumnus of the Year Award goes to Ellie Gunther. Congratulations Ellie on all that you have achieved!
“As a former Blackpool Sixth student who is now employed by BAE Systems, Ellie has been a massive help to our current students, providing talks and valuable advice on life after sixth form and career progression. She has often come back to the college to advise our students on application and interview techniques and to help support the Maths department. Thank you Ellie for all your help.”
The Award for Contributions to the Life of the College: Sian Morris, Jake Mylroie, Evelyn Murray, Sian Montgomery.
Mr & Mrs I P Beauchamp Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Lower Sixth: Liam Davies, Alice Hurt, Daisy Harakis, Amy Shuttleworth.
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the A Level Programme: Matt Hallwell
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the BTEC Programme: Bailey Simpson, Olivia Lang, Lottie Scroggie.
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Combined Programme: Connor Gainford
The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Route3 Programme: Oli Clegg, Jordanna Williams, Angel Gregson, Imogen Norris, Umme Fayyaz, Christina Nitu, Bethany Hedges, Aiden Peascod.
The Rachel Thompson Memorial Prize for Determination and Commitment in Challenging Circumstances: Connor Gainford, Chloe Davies, Bethany Hedges, Chloe New, Ella Irwin, Lottie Scroggie, Jacey Wilkinson.
The AGC chemicals Award for Exceptional Performance and Development of Employability Skills: Robert Worsley
The Linda Barclay Award for the Strongest Development and Improvement over Two Years: Jack Grant, Evelyn Murray
The Baxter Group award for Work Experience: Leah Pendlebury, Daisy Simpson, Bethany Crewsdon, Olivia Lang, Harvey Court.
The Award for Student Ambassador of the Year: Harry Warburg, Helen Gore, Chloe New.
Alumnus of the year: Mark Bosner
Subject Award Winners
Business Studies and IT
Congratulations to Chloe Davies, this year’s winner of the A Level Business Studies Award, kindly donated by Jez Brett. Keep up the good work, Chloe!
“Chloe is an exceptional student who has shown an enormous amount of resilience and determination to succeed over the last year. She has consistently achieved A* grades in her assessments and has taken full advantage of the opportunities offered to her during her course. She travelled to London to work with JP Morgan and took part in the college trips to New York and, despite her medical condition, Chloe has done everything with a smile and been strong in the face of adversity. Recently, Chloe was successful in gaining an apprenticeship with JP Morgan and Ernest Young – two major financial firms, which is credit to her never quit attitude. A model student and a fantastic ambassador for the college, we know Chloe will go far and we wish her every success.”
Huge congrats to Katy Bee, winner of this year’s BTEC Business award, donated by Tasty Food & Drink Hire. All your hard work has paid off!
“Katy is a hard working and highly self motivated student who prides herself in maintaining the highest standards in her work. She has never missed a deadline and has always been a key team player in all of her classes. Katy has taken on every new challenge posed to her by the BTEC Business course and has been a valuable member of the college community. Katy has given a huge amount of her time to fundraising for the “Happier Lancashire” movement and Trinity Hospice, spending hours of her own time baking and collecting raffle prizes and doing everything with a smile! Katy is in no doubt ready for her next chapter and we wish her the best of luck for the future.”
Phoebe Holmes takes the win for the A Level Computing Award, kindly donated by Dr and Mrs Ravi. Congratulations Phoebe!
“Phoebe is an outstanding student with an exceptional ability for computer programming and a sound knowledge of the theoretical concepts of computer science. A highly motivated student, Phoebe’s expertise and strong work ethic have helped her to achieve high grades in key assessments and to gain the highest mark in the year in her coursework. Phoebe is a talented student and we wish her every success for the future, well done.”
Mark Stride is the recipient of this year’s award for A Level Economics. Well done on all your hard work Mark, it’s certainly paid off!
“Mark is an exceptional student who puts 100% effort into all aspects of his work. He is resilient and determined and as a result, has achieved the highest grades in his mock examinations and other assessments. Mark has a genuine love and interest for economics which goes beyond the curriculum and he often shares news stories and other publications with his peers. A genuine joy to have in the classroom, we wish Mark the best of luck in his next move to university.”
Congratulations to Liam Manson, this year’s winner of the BTEC ICT Award, generously donated by Andy Cross! Well done on this excellent achievement.
“Liam is a model student with a fantastic work ethic who has consistently gone above and beyond the requirements of his course. He aims high and works hard to achieve the best results possible and has gained the highest grade overall. Liam is a team player and has always been ready to help and encourage other students. Alongside his studies, Liam gained our Employability Award which incorporated work experience and volunteering in the local community. An excellent student who will go far, well done Liam, we wish you every success in the future.”
Connor Gainford takes this year’s award for Diploma in Financial Studies, kindly donated by Nicola Heaney in memory of Gaile Galloway. Keep up the good work, Connor!
“Connor has been with us 3 years and the progress we have seen in him on both a personal and academic level is staggering. Connor has always shown great enthusiasm for the subject and regularly contributed to group discussions. He demonstrated an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject which he would confidently share with the class. Connor worked hard to form productive relationships with his peers and brought an original style of humour to the classroom. We have no doubt Connor will be extremely successful in his future in IT and we wish him the best of luck.”
English and Modern Foreign Languages
Katie Pearson is the recipient of this year’s award for A Level English Language, donated by Outlet Publishing. Congratulations on this excellent achievement!
“Katie is a consistently outstanding student who approaches her studies with a natural determination, energy and drive that comes from her pleasure in learning. She is highly productive and although she makes it all look very easy, there is a huge amount of hard work going on under the surface! She is very humble about her achievements and abilities. She is a truly gifted student who deserves recognition!”
Congratulations to Maja Kazmierczak, this year’s recipient of the A Level English Literature Award, donated by NH Language Services. Keep up the good work, Maja!
“Maja’s voracious appetite for knowledge makes her the epitome of a wonderful English Literature student. She writes beautifully with an individual voice that has made marking her essays an absolute pleasure. Maja is generous with her knowledge and is always one of the first to share her ideas in class, helping others to develop their own thinking. Maja is moving on to study at the University of Exeter where we know she will be incredibly successful.”
This year’s award for A Level Modern Foreign Languages, generously donated by Mr Werner Conn in memory of Mr Gordon Halliwell, goes to James Farrow! Huge congratulations on all of your hard work this year, James.
“James has always gone ‘above and beyond’ in French and has proved himself to be a talented linguist. James has excelled from the very start of the course but has always remained patient and supportive with his peers. James has demonstrated a real passion for learning that is infectious. He is exceptionally hard-working and a great role model to his peers. Above all James is self-sufficient, focused, adaptable, driven, and has great sense of humour. All of these qualities have made him an extremely gifted student of French and a real pleasure to teach!”
The Telegraph Media Award for Journalism goes to Lucy Beirne. Congratulations, Lucy, this is a fantastic achievement! Thank you Telegraph Media for donating this prize.
“Lucy has been an integral part of the college’s award winning ‘Sixth Sense’ magazine this year. Always driving the publication forward, Lucy’s ambition to tackle a wide range of unusual and sometimes risky subjects has resulted in an editorial and writing team which have produced fascinating and thought provoking articles. However, Lucy’s real triumph as co editor of the magazine has been her ability to inspire and get the best out of our new cohort of writers. Her enthusiasm and careful direction has meant that she leaves Sixth Sense in capable hands – a fact that she should be very proud of. Lucy leaves us to study English Literature and Creative Writing at Loughborough University where we know she will be incredibly successful.”
Max Balfour takes the award for A Level Classical Civilisation, donated by Garstang Fine Art. This is a brilliant achievement, well done Max!
“A genuinely outstanding student, Max has excelled in all aspects of the ancient history course. Achieving a string of A and A* grades throughout the two years and the highest mark in the March mock exam, Max is clearly deserving of this award. Max’s achievements have nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with his impressive work ethic and positive attitude to learning. Max sets a fine example to his peers and we wish him all the best as he goes on to study political science at the London School for Economics and History.”
Joe Mason is the winner of this year’s award for A Level Geography, donated by NST Travel Group. Well done on this excellent achievement!
“Joe is an exceptional and inquisitive geographer who has an outstanding work ethic and a deep understanding of geography. His coursework investigation, detailing the impacts of human interference in sand dune ecosystems in Dorset, exemplifies his holistic approach and understanding of the subject. We wish Joe every success as he leaves us this year to undertake a Geography degree at Lancaster University.”
Tom Rawcliffe is the recipient of the award for A Level History, kindly donated this year by Chris Powers. Well done on all of your hard work Tom, it’s certainly paid off!
“Tom is an exceptional historian going above and beyond in his dedication to his studies. He reads extensively on a variety of topics and draws upon his family history to investigate topics further. Tom’s thirst for knowledge is insatiable and this has enabled him to develop detailed analytical work. His personal study into the role played by the First World War in the collapse of Tsardom was truly exemplary. We wish Tom every success as he goes on to study History at the University of York.”
This year’s award for A Level Law goes to Gracie Garrick. Keep up the good work, Gracie!
“Gracie is an outstanding Law student. Throughout the course she has shown the ability to grasp new ideas and concepts thoroughly and rapidly. She can expertly summarise, explain and apply legal rules and cases to given scenarios, as well as commenting on and evaluating the effectiveness of specific areas of law. Gracie is a highly motivated student and has achieved a remarkable level of consistent success in all assessments and formal exams. She would undoubtedly have achieved a very high grade in the 2020 exams had they gone ahead. We wish Gracie all the best as she takes a well deserved gap year whilst deciding on her next steps.”
Chloe New is the winner of this year’s Religion, Ethics and Philosophy award! Congratulations on all of your success!
“In Religion, Ethics and Philosophy, Chloe has achieved a level of understanding not commonly seen at A Level. Chloe has shown a remarkable ability to critically discuss complex moral and ethical dilemmas in an open and engaging manner. Going above and beyond what is expected of any student, Chloe has excelled on this course. A wonderful example to all, Chloe will be moving on to read Law at Lancaster University and we wish her well.”
Luke Irving is the winner of the award for A Level Maths, donated by Ashton Wilcock Chartered Accountants. Well done on all your success this year, Luke!
“Luke is an exceptional student who has worked extremely hard throughout his time at the college. He has an enquiring mind, always asking questions and not allowing himself to be beaten by any challenge. He has consistently produced work of the highest quality and has always made himself available to help and support other students in class. He has been a valuable member of the maths mentoring programme this year. Thank you Luke for all your hard work in the support of others, we wish you every success for the future.”
Matt Hellewell is the winner of this year’s award for A Level Further Maths, kindly donated by Jez Brett. Well done on this excellent achievement!
“Matt has excelled in mathematics and further mathematics. This has been due to his high levels of attendance, positive attitude and hard work. He has approached his learning with tenacity and dedication which has led to his achieving fantastic results on his assessments and mock examination. Matt has always been a pleasure to have in the classroom. His warm and welcoming demeanour has made him approachable to other students and he has always been happy to help his peers, further cementing their learning and his own. Matt has been an fantastic asset to the class and we wish him well for the future. Well done Matt.”
Well done to Jess Banks on winning the award for A Level Statistics, generously donated this year by Jez Brett. Congratulations on this brilliant achievement, Jess!
“Jess is a talented student who has consistently achieved the top marks in the year in key assessments. This is testament to her never ending desire to understand everything in the subject and her refusal to leave any stone unturned in the pursuit of knowledge. Jess has always been a pleasure to have in the classroom where her willingness to support others has helped her peers to progress. She will, without doubt, go on to be successful in her chosen career. Congratulations Jess.”
Performing Arts, Music and Media department
Congratulations to Katie Hill, this year’s winner of the award for BTEC Music, A Level Music and A Level Music Technology, donated by Up-beat Rock Academy. Keep up the great work, Katie!
“Katie is an incredibly talented musician and performer with professionalism at the heart of everything she does. Katie is admired by her peers and tutors, and we believe she is a role model to the wider college community in her resilient and tenacious approach to both academic and practical tasks. It is with no doubt at all that she will achieve her career ambition, working and supporting musicians in the music industry with contract law.”
Well done to Katie Lever on winning the BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre Award. Congratulations on this brilliant achievement!
“Katie is the epitome of a successful performing arts student. She has excelled in all aspects of performing arts and musical theatre, achieving distinctions in every unit of her courses and giving 100% to everything she’s been involved in. Katie has been a true asset to the department, modelling high professional standards to younger students and being a fantastic ambassador at many college events. Katie plans to go on to study Musical Theatre at Bird College Conservatoire, London in September.”
Huge congratulations to Brooke Boal, this year’s winner of the A Level Drama & Theatre Studies Award, kindly donated by Elisabeth Abbott in memory of Mr Gordon Halliwell. Well done on this excellent achievement!
“Brooke is a hugely talented and determined individual whose work across the two years has been rich and thoughtful. Brooke is an absolute delight to teach because she questions things, thinks for herself and applies her mind to the task in hand with determination. She’s never satisfied with anything less than her best and is totally honest with herself. She has actively sought criticism and used it to further her own performance, both practically and theoretically and her devised A level performance piece was quite simply outstanding. An absolute privilege to behold and entirely her own work. We wish Brooke every success for the future.”
This year’s award for A Level Film Studies and A Level Media Studies, generously donated by The Bark Media Group, goes to Helen Gore! Congratulations on this fantastic achievement.
“Helen is a dedicated Film and Media student who consistently demonstrates her dedicated approach to her academic studies. Her analytical work is always detailed and well informed, and her understanding of theoretical frameworks shows a developed knowledge of Film and Media Studies. She has become an increasingly more confident student and has made the most of her time here at the college. We wish her every success.”
Phoebe Whitfield takes this year’s award for BTEC Film and Television. Huge congrats Phoebe, all your hard work has paid off!
“Phoebe is an outstanding young filmmaker who is extremely dedicated and passionate about her studies. She has an unstoppable determination to succeed and improve on her already impressive skill set. Phoebe has demonstrated professionalism and resilience when working with companies outside of the college to produce corporate videos and develop her flourishing showreel. Phoebe embodies all of the core values we strive to embed in our students at Blackpool Sixth, hardworking, resilient, passionate and supportive to her peers. Phoebe will be continuing with her passion for filmmaking at university and we wish her the best of luck for the bright and successful future ahead of her.”
This year’s Musician of the Year Award goes to Munro Ashton. Well done on this excellent achievement, Munro!
“Munro is an outstanding musician and is working hard in order to secure a place at a leading music conservatoire to study orchestral percussion. Munro has committed himself 100% to all music events and performances during his time at Blackpool Sixth showing exceptional versatility as a drummer and percussionist whilst performing a varied programme of ensembles and musical styles. He demonstrates all the attributes of an excellent musician; he is talented, hard working, reliable and a team player. Munro’s infectious personality and witty sense of humour work in harmony with his musical skills, always helping to bring an uplifting atmosphere to rehearsals and performances. We are very confident that Munro will become one of the music industry’s great session musicians and believe that with his tenacious and resilient approach, he will achieve this ambition. Staff and students at the college are very much looking forward to seeing him progress in his musical career.”
Olivia Jagger takes this year’s award for Theatrical Performer of the Year. Keep up the excellent work, Olivia!
“Olivia’s theatrical performances over the last two years have been both captivating and of an incredibly high standard. She possesses a truly professional attitude to her work. Olivia played the lead role of Serena in the college musical Fame in 2019 with maturity and conviction in her performance. Following this success, Olivia performed in numerous roles, thoroughly entertaining the audience and wowing them with her incredible vocal ability. Olivia is a dedicated, passionate and delightful student. She has accepted a place to continue her studies in Musical Theatre at The Hammond Theatre School in Chester in September and we wish her every success for what is destined to be a very bright future.”
Huge congratulations to Sinead Norbury, the winner of this year’s Dancer of the Year Award, kindly donated by Julia Marmo. Keep up the good work, Sinead!
“Sinead has been the most positive and energetic dancer in her year group and has shown a truly professional attitude to her performances. She has shown a tremendous enthusiasm and passion for dance both in terms of performance and her determination to get involved in absolutely everything the department has had to offer. She has always maintained her sunny disposition even when in the most stressful situations. She has been a member of the college Dance Academy, has taken part in numerous college productions, has taught dance to primary school children and has worked alongside the Royal Ballet School in their outreach programme. She has successfully gained a place at The Centre Performing Arts College in Maidstone, Kent to study vocational dance training and we wish her lots of luck and every success for the future.”
Well done to Beth Roeves, the recipient of this year’s A Level Biology Award. Congratulations on this brilliant achievement, Beth!
“Beth is an extremely hard working and determined student, always looking for ways to improve without letting any challenges get in her way. This enabled her to reach an A* in her mock exam. She was a pleasure to have in Biology lessons with her focus, positive attitude and ability to work so well with others in her group. Beth intends to study Dentistry at university and we wish her every success for the future.”
Huge congratulations to Vicky Chu, this year’s A Level Chemistry Award winner. Congrats on all your hard work Vicky, it’s certainly paid off!
“Vicky’s continuously outstanding performance in Chemistry is a testament to her work ethic, and to the very high standard to which she holds herself in every piece of work she undertakes, large or small. Vicky analyses every error that she makes and learns from it; as a result she has, step by step, built a deep understanding of all the Chemistry she has studied. She is an example to us all of just how much you can achieve by doing all the small things correctly. We are sure Vicky will be very successful in her future endeavours and we wish her well. Well done Vicky!”
Joe Butterworth takes the award for A Level Electronics. This is a brilliant achievement Joe, well done!
“Joe has worked very hard to build the level of knowledge both within the curriculum and beyond. A generous character who enjoys sharing his ideas and knowledge to help others, Joe has always been a great asset to have in the classroom. He is a student with a very bright future ahead of him in which I am sure he will be able to demonstrate his amazing technical skills and use his creative and imaginative brain in a positive way. Joe is planning to continue with the study of Electronics at university and we are sure he will be very successful.”
Well done to Alex Naylor on winning the award for A Level Physics. Congratulations on this brilliant achievement!
“Alex is an outstanding student who has a passion for Physics, His work ethic is consistently high and he takes great pride in his work. Alex’s love for Physics branches further than just his academic studies, as he loves to engage with other students, staff and the public in extracurricular Physics activities. He has been an ambassador for the college at many events and we wish him well at Lancaster University where he plans to read Physics and we are sure he will excel.”
This year’s award for CTEC Engineering goes to Luke Grundy. Keep up the good work Luke, it’s certainly paying off!
“Luke has overcome significant challenges to achieve great success in his Engineering course. The words resilient and determined don’t do Luke justice as his level of commitment has been phenomenal and his progress from the beginning to the end of the course has been remarkable. Luke intends to continue with Engineering as a career and we are sure that Luke has a bright future ahead of him, one that he deserves in every respect.”
Amanah Farooq is the winner of the BTEC Applied Science Award this year. Well done on all of your success, Amanah!
“Amanah consistently displays an exceptional attitude to her studies and has shown a real determination to reach the highest levels of success possible in the Applied Science course. The resilience she has developed from the willingness to learn from any mistakes made and experiences gained in the course, can be added to an already admirable, yet still improving, skill set. This includes Amanah’s inquisitiveness, where she often questions material further than is necessary for the course, purely for the purpose of improved understanding and subsequently, how it links to our lives. All of this will certainly stand Amanah in good stead as she plans to study Pharmacy at university and we wish her well.”
This year’s A Level Psychology award goes to Alice Sutcliffe! Huge congratulations on all your hard work this year Alice.
“Alice has been an outstanding Psychology student from her very first lesson. Having been privileged to teach her for two years, I have never seen Alice grow complacent or overconfident – constantly seeking feedback about how to improve, and supporting her classmates no matter how far ahead of them she might have been. Alice has matched her considerable achievement in class tests with a genuine curiosity about Psychology, immersing herself in the subject in her free-time and taking advantage of the fantastic opportunity to volunteer with CAHMS. Alice plans to study Psychology at University where I know she will do us proud.”
Congratulations to Katie Pearson, this year’s winner of the A Level Sociology award, donated by Carole Tyler. Well done Katie!
“From her very first essay where she demonstrated critical analysis from the feminist perspective, Katie has continually excelled in her understanding and critique of social issues. Katie has maintained the highest of standards across the two years of study, continually achieving the highest of grades in her assessments. Katie intends to study English literature at the University of Leeds where we wish her every success and know she will flourish, thank you for being a pleasure to teach.”
Olivia Lang is this year’s winner of the BTEC Health & Social Care award, donated by Patricia Marquis. Keep up the good work Olivia!
“Olivia has experienced a number of personal challenges over the two years, yet she has not let this stop her from achieving great success. Olivia is an extremely motivated and determined student, who puts a maximum level of effort into each piece of work that she produces. Olivia is extremely organised and seeks improvement in everything she does. Olivia is an absolute pleasure to teach and I am so proud of all she has done. Olivia intends to study an adult course at Blackpool and the Fylde College so she can become a teaching assistant.”
Sport, Travel, and Public Services
Cameron Cregg is the recipient of the award for BTEC Sport. Well done on all your hard work Cameron… it’s certainly paid off!
“Cameron joined the college for the Upper Sixth year and staff were immediately impressed with his positive attitude and the amazing quality of the work he produced. He was one of the few students to get all of the work right first time with no need for amendments. Cameron’s ‘can do’ attitude will serve him well in the future. Cameron’s plan is to seek employment for a year before possibly attending University in the future. We wish Cameron every success in the future.”
Congratulations to Ella Irwin, who has won the A Level PE award. Well done on this fantastic achievement, Ella!
“Ella has put her heart and soul into every single aspect of the A level PE course. Ella’s organisation and commitment is complemented by her natural ability in the subject and her thirst for new knowledge. Although Ella has not had the opportunity to demonstrate her ability in formal exams this year she has always been an A* in our eyes. Ella is now moving on to the University of Chester to study Nutrition and Dietetics.”
A huge congratulations to Emily Broadbent, this year’s winner of the BTEC Travel & Tourism award, donated by NST Travel Group. Well done Emily!
“Emily is the embodiment of excellent customer service with her natural teamwork skills and consistently courteous manner . She is passionate about all aspects of Travel and Tourism and has demonstrated dedication throughout her studies by meeting all tasks, assessments and deadlines with 100% effort. Emily has recently achieved the silver award for ‘BTEC Travel and Tourism Student of the Year’. Emily was a pleasure to teach and she will be a success in any future Travel and Tourism role she undertakes.”
Congratulations to Lauren Gibbons, who has won this year’s BTEC Public Services award. Well done Lauren, keep up the good work!
“Lauren has certainly had her challenges over the last 2 years However, the attitude Lauren shows on a daily basis, combined with her inner drive and determination to be the best she can be, is truly remarkable. Every assessment was completed to a distinction standard, normally passing first time; never a submission handed in late, and never settling for simply putting the bare minimum. She is an excellent researcher, quickly grasping information and easily transferring it to her own work; an active member of the classroom, where she gains respect from her peers every day. A truly remarkable student who is going on to study the paramedic degree at UCLAN.”
Megan Hunter takes the award for Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year, donated by Garstang Fine Art. This is a brilliant achievement, Megan, well done!
“Megan, as a goalkeeper, was a key member of the College’s league winning team. Also, as the Blackpool FC Ladies goalkeeper, Megan was voted, not only the Blackpool FC ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ and the club ‘Player of the Year’, but also the Lancashire Sport ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’. In addition to playing, Megan also gives back to the sport she loves by refereeing across Blackpool and Lancashire, culminating in her officiating at the Lancashire County Girls Cup Final at the FA headquarters in Leyland. Megan is a fantastic role model for all younger players.”
This years winner of the BTEC Art and A Level Art Award is Richard Earnshaw, donated by Bryan Lindop. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement, Richard!
“Richard is a very talented, mature and conscientious student. He would often immerse himself in his artwork for hours on end, producing large portrait paintings of friends and family. Richard has an ability to see a multitude of colours in the human figure and by his mature use of mark-making, he sculpted and carved out the forms and features of his subjects. A highly informed practitioner whose mature and independent approach made him an excellent student and a pleasure to teach and watch grow. Richard often stayed late, putting in extra sessions and helping with many college events including mentoring other students who also wanted to explore the properties of paint. Richard has received an amazing unconditional offer from Lancaster University to study Psychology!”
Congratulations to Jakob Johnson, who has won the A Level Photography and Graphics Award, kindly donated by Bryan Lindop. Well done on all your hard work Jakob, It’s certainly paid off!
“Jakob is an outstanding Graphic Designer and digital artist. Jakob has travelled immensely in this subject and learnt so many skills that have put him in an amazing position to even create his own business. His work is commercial and relevant and he understands online social media advertising and graphic design at a professional level. Jakob has been an outstanding support to other students and is a trustworthy advocate for the promotion of the department and subject. Jakob is bright, confident and is switched on to the digital design world around him. A really lovely student who I would recommend to any company and would happily work with myself in the future!! I have no doubt amazing things will come his way!”
A huge congratulations to Zara Burfitt, who has won the award for BTEC Fashion and A Level Textiles. This award has been kindly donated by Bryan Lindop. Congratulations Zara!
“Zara is an outstanding A level Textile student. She is extremely hardworking, highly motivated and very skilled. Zara has shown great independence during her time at college, going above and beyond expectations, and taking a professional approach in all she produces. Heavily influenced by the fashion industry she has used her extensive knowledge and transferable skills to develop a number of sophisticated fashion outcomes. A pleasure to teach and a great asset to the department, she is always willing to share her skills with others. Zara intends to enter higher education but is currently using her gap year to pursue her career in the modelling industry.”
Highly Commended students…
A Level Business Studies – Leah Rafety, Cameron Hayes
BTEC Business – Chris Cox
A Level Computing – Jacey Wilkinson
A Level Economics – Jasmine Banarse
BTEC ICT – Cameron Hayes
Diploma in Financial Studies – Hannah Millband
A Level English Language – Rian Glover
A Level English Literature – Caitlin Elli, Katie Pearson
A Level Modern Foreign Languages – Emma Pivovarnikova
A Level Classical Civilisation – Emma Farley
A Level Geography – Scarlett Hill
A Level History – James Farrow
A Level Law – Brooke Boal
A Level Religion, Ethics and Philosophy – Lauren Coleman
A Level Further Maths – James Farrow, Louis Calafiore
A Level Statistics – Samuel Turner
BTEC Music, A Level Music and A Level Music Technology – Abby Gresty
BTEC Performing Arts and Musical Theatre – Lucy Schofield
A Level Film Studies and A Level Media Studies – Maddie Thwaites
BTEC Film and Television – Alfie Appleby
Musician of the Year – Luke Livesey
Theatrical Performer of the Year – Lucy Schofield
A Level Biology – Jasmine Anderson-Sheperd
A Level Electronics – Sam Vernon
A Level Physics – Vicky Chu
BTEC Applied Science – Jenni Buckley
A Level Psychology – Levi Hayes
A Level Sociology – Sian Morris
BTEC Health & Social Care – Katie Sherlock
BTEC Sport – Lewis Brady
A Level PE – Andrew Woodhouse
BTEC Travel & Tourism – Vicky Ashworth
BTEC Public Services – Josh Ambler
BTEC Art and A Level Art – Gracie Garrick
A Level Photography and Graphics – Isobel Webster
BTEC Fashion and A Level Textiles – Grace Marchant