EDUCATION NEWS

SCIENCE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Blackpool and The Fylde College student Mica Mullender has been awarded the National BTEC Science Student of the Year award. Mica had the honour of attending a glittering ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London and accepted the prize from last year’s winner and BTEC Ambassador, Maryam Taher. The awards were hosted by financial journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern, and showcased the fantastic contributions made by students and young people studying BTECs across the country.

FAMILY LEARNING
Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL) recently held a successful Family Learning partnership event in the stunning surroundings of Preston’s Harris Museum. The event was held to promote LAL’s extensive, free Family Learning services and saw pupils and parents from over 30 of Preston’s primary schools welcomed. Attendees heard how the programme has proven to be very effective, with 99 per cent of children whose parents attend family maths and family English having improved their attainment at school, and 98 per cent of children’s behaviour having seen a marked improvement since their involvement with family learning courses.

NEW TENNIS COACH GETS COLLEGE’S ‘ACE’ APPROVAL
Stonyhurst College has announced the appointment of David Shaw as its new director of tennis. The former professional player will be responsible for the development and implementation of tennis programmes for St Mary’s Hall School and Stonyhurst College pupils. He joins the institution after more than 20 years as the director of tennis and CEO at The Northern in Manchester, where he helped to build the club from 32 to over 400 junior members attending weekly coaching sessions.

PRIZE SHOT
The Bolton School Junior Girls’ annual photography competition challenged pupils to capture ‘A Splash of Colour’. This year’s entries were judged by photographer Adam Crowther, who was impressed by the entries from all four year groups. The five winners were announced in the end-of-year presentation assembly on the last day of term, and each of the girls received a canvas print of her winning photograph as her prize. The overall winner of the competition was Anagha Harishkumar in Year 4, whose photography was likened to popular American photographer of the 1960s, William Eggleston (a.k.a. ‘the father of colour photography’).

IB DIPLOMA SUCCESS
Sixth Form students at Rossall School are celebrating after receiving the results of their international exams. The school achieved an 81 per cent pass rate in this year’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which is offered by the school alongside the traditional A Level courses. Pupils studying for the Diploma are required to study a broader range of subjects than A levels, including languages and literature, as well as humanities, sciences, maths, and optional arts subjects. Felix Kohlhas achieved the school’s top score of 42 out of a possible 45 and is planning to sit the entrance examination for the prestigious ETH Zurich where he hopes to study electrical and information technology.

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