Keen young athletes from across East Lancashire have discovered just what it takes to be a member of the popular Academy of Sport and prestigious Elite Athlete Programme at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre. Pre-academy sessions were staged in football, rugby, netball, basketball and boxing for Year 11 pupils who have applied to take A Levels or Advanced Level Vocational qualifications at Burnley Sixth Form Centre.

Sedbergh prep school hosted old Cressbrookian and chairman of World Rugby, Bill Beaumont CBE. Bill gave a talk which covered both his amateur and professional eras with recurring themes that included the importance he attaches to charity – he is Honorary President of Wooden Spoon, the development of women’s rugby and his absolute commitment to grassroots rugby and Fylde Rugby Club.

Giggleswick School will once again host its popular revision courses for GCSE and A Level subjects over the Easter holidays. The wide range of courses are open to any students in the area. The school was one of the first in the region to offer such a programme and this year will be offering a series of one, two and three day courses for a range of GCSE and A Level (AS & A2) subjects.

Newly-published statistics place ‘outstanding’ Nelson and Colne College as the best college in the country to study A Levels. The year on year Department for Education figures show NCC has jumped from being third in the country to equal first. A shining example of a student exceeding their potential, is Oliver Robertson who arrived at NCC having achieved no A* grades at GCSE level, but walked away from college with three A* grades and is now studying Physics at the University of Manchester.

Staff and children at St Mary’s College have recently celebrated 10 years of providing high quality childcare at their nursery. The theme for their celebration party was ‘Pirates and Princesses’ with party games, food and lots of fun. The highlight of the day was surprise visits from Captain Jack Sparrow and his sidekick and Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.

A level student at Blackburn College, Bethan Andrew has qualified for the Association of Colleges Sport National Championship and is edging nearer to her dream of becoming a professional golfer. Bethan will be playing as part of a mixed team at the Association of Colleges Sport National Championships in April, which is held in partnership with Nottingham University. Good luck Bethan!

Year 1 at Westholme enjoyed finding out about the traditions and celebrations associated with Chinese New Year. They listened to the story of the New Year and how the years came to be named after 12 animals, made Chinese lanterns and lucky red money envelopes and took part in a traditional dragon dance during PE. The children enjoyed a Chinese banquet, they tasted a dim sum platter including spring rolls, vegetable moneybags, oriental noodles and prawn toast.

An event of ambition and employer engagement was enjoyed by 950 Pendle Year 9 students at the annual Work Inspirations event which was recently hosted at Nelson and Colne College. Organised with Pendle Council who funded the event, it attracted over 30 employers from across a wide range of industry sectors, all encouraging students to think big and understand the opportunities available to them.

This year’s QEGS OBA annual dinner was as popular as ever and the evening did not disappoint. There was a great mixture of regular and first time attendees, former pupils and staff. A number of current Sixth Form pupils attended the dinner, some of which took an active role in the night’s events.

Year 12 Westholme Business students have just returned from a successful buying trip with James Hall at the NEC Spring Fair, the largest trade fair of its kind in Europe. Students were tasked with selecting a range of impulse products aimed at a youth target market. Students worked in groups of four to negotiate with suppliers and secure the best margins – allowing for VAT, wholesale and retail prices.

Burnley College’s adult learning classes are becoming a great success! After recognising she didn’t enjoy her job in retail Danielle Hancock took up an evening course at Burnley College. She embarked on a photography course, something that she had always enjoyed as a hobby. After thoroughly enjoying the course and learning everything she needed to know, she has now set up own photography business and is overjoyed with her success!

The annual Soloists’ Recital was recently held in the Croston Theatre at Westholme to justifiably proud parents, staff and friends to showcase the talents of the wonderful musicians and vocalists. They presented vocal and instrumental music from jazz through to musicals and popular songs. It was a pleasure to see so many students willing to perform on the stage.

Bolton School’s Senior Chamber Choir is in full rehearsals ahead of its trip to the Royal Festival Hall on 12th March for the national final of the Barnardo’s Choral Competition. The choir saw off stiff competition in the 12 to 18 age category and, having made it to the final, they will compete against six other secondary schools – 18 primary schools will also compete with one another on the day in a separate category.

Blackburn College student Drew Stephenson is on track to achieve his dream of playing professional rugby after being selected for the North of England Under 18s rugby trials. Drew who studies Level 3 Sport at Blackburn College and plays for Lancashire County Under 18s and Blackburn Rugby Union Football Club, is absolutely delighted to have been selected. Well-done Drew!



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