EDUCATION NEWS

EXCELLENT FUTURES
Students achieving top grades in their A Levels and Advanced Vocational Courses have been honoured with Awards for Excellence by Burnley College Sixth Form Centre. Thomas Boothman achieved outstanding results in A Level Biology, Further Maths, Maths and Physics, and has now progressed to the University of Sheffield to read Physics with Medical Physics. Kate Hopkins achieved outstanding results on the Advanced Diploma in Sports Science. She has now progressed to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Outdoor Education.

ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDENTS
Tycoon in Schools is a free national enterprise competition, aiming to encourage the UK’s budding entrepreneurs to get involved in business by giving them a start-up loan of between £50 and £1,000 to run a business whilst at school or college. Launched in 2012 by Peter Jones CBE and supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Tycoon in Schools was developed in response to repeated calls for an enterprise challenge in schools. The competition has allowed AKS Lytham students to start and run businesses whilst in education thereby allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience.

BIOLOGY OLYMPIAD
St Mary’s College science students recently participated in a Biology Olympiad, which tests students’ biology knowledge encouraging them to continue studying biosciences beyond school. The competition is open to students in the first year of post-16 education and consists of a multiple-choice paper to be taken online under supervised exam conditions. Questions were on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and first year of A Level. Thirteen St Mary’s students took part in the competition, six of whom received special commendations and medals including Olivia Bourne, who was awarded a gold medal!

FIRE FIGHTING
When Susan Bottomley, 45, decided to pursue a new career path as a firefighter she discovered she did not have the necessary maths qualification to continue her application. Getting in touch with Lancashire Adult Learning, Susan passed both Level 1 & 2 Functional Skills Maths in quick succession, finding out she had passed the crucial Level 2 qualification on the morning of her interview!

WW1 BOOK
Julia May, a lab technician at Nelson & Colne College, has written Cycling Through a Foreign Field. Switching pipettes for pedals and a pen for a bicycle holiday through some of Belgium’s WWI battlefields, her inspiration for the book was a newspaper clipping showing photographs of her ancestors, four of whom served as soldiers in the Great War. Profits from the sale of the book will go to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

The Big Build
The children in Construction Club at Westholme Infant School entered Honor’s Big Build Competition 2018, in connection with construction company, Laing O’Rourke. The children had to choose a famous or fictional structure to make out of recyclable materials and chose Blackpool Tower and the surrounding buildings. They found pictures of the tower, sketched the design, before finding boxes to build the base of the structure and covered the boxes in papier mâché. They also painted it and added some mini-fairy lights. The children were delighted to discover they finished in second place.

PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO
Rossall School officially opened their new Performing Arts Studio, providing a vital new theatre venue and rehearsal space to support the arts in the school and across the local community. The Performing Arts Studio includes a professional standard theatre, with acoustic lining and sprung floor which can be used for dance as well as drama, a control room, fitted with industry standard lighting and sound decks supplied by Poulton-based KRS Productions. There is also a Green Room and supplementary teaching spaces.

PRESTON SCHOOL IN TOP TEN
Highfield Priory School, Fulwood, was placed in the Top Ten Independent Prep Schools in England for its National Curriculum test results in The Sunday Times League Tables. It was the only school ‘north of Watford’ to make it into the top 10 and Headmaster, Mr Duke, is proud of the school’s success. It is important to note, however, that this is not just a one-off for Highfield. For the last eight years, Highfield has consistently achieved a place in the top 30 and this looks set to continue next year. Congratulations, Highfield Priory School!

SONG AND DANCE
Rossall School pupils hit all the right notes when they took to the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for their house singing competition. The event, which has become one of the highlights of the school year, sees pupils from each of Rossall’s eight houses compete to be named the school’s best performers. Under the watchful eye of judge and former student, Lewis Matthew Raines, the pupils sang their way through a variety of popular songs, complete with dance routines. The event closed with Lewis leading the school in The Carmen, Rossall’s anthem since 1868.

NEW POST
Giggleswick School has appointed a former director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Belinda Eldridge, as Development and Commercial Director. The school is looking to expand its commercial activities to maximise opportunities from more widespread use of its 270 acre site and the new director is seen as key to achieving this ambition. In her former role, Belinda was instrumental in boosting visitor numbers at the park from 350,000 to 500,000 a year and taking turnover to £7.6m.

HOSPITAL VISIT
Year 1 children at Westholme Infant School visited BMI Beardwood Hospital for a morning of interactive learning as part of their topic, Ourselves and Our Bodies. They learnt about the importance of washing hands to kill germs and even looked at a CT scanner which can take up to 1000 pictures in 10 seconds and they even saw scans of a packet of custard creams! Thank you to the staff at BMI Beardwood Hospital.

FITNESS DUO
Stonyhurst are delighted to introduce Mark and Stephanie to the Sports Centre team in their new roles as gym instructors and personal trainer. They will be working closely with members and pupils to create programmes and achieve personal goals. With over 20 years’ experience, Mark has a wealth of knowledge. His qualifications include core stability, circuit training, nutrition, weight management, spinning
and personal training.

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