Hartlepool Sixth Form celebrated the end of another successful year with a prestigious event to reward outstanding student achievements.
Students who had progressed from Hartlepool Sixth Form last summer, following successful completion of A-Level and BTEC qualifications, returned to be presented with prizes of achievements, and other special awards, at the annual awards ceremony.
Over 40 awards were presented to the class of 2019. Among the award winners was 18-year-old Oliver Lawton, who is now studying Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He scooped two prizes, A2 Physics Prize of Achievement and Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence. Oliver said:
“Winning the awards was a complete surprise! I was so happy to have been recognised for my hard work. I have enjoyed coming back into sixth form for the evening to celebrate with my friends and teachers. This place holds special memories for me so it was great to catch up with everyone.
“The teaching I received here was first class and my personal tutor helped me a lot with my university application and interviews.”
Oliver, who is no stranger to winning awards, was also crowned Student of the Year at last year’s Best of Hartlepool Awards.
19-year-old Jessica Bibby, was awarded the Applied Science Prize for Achievement and the Dorothy Lownds Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She is now studying Psychology at Durham University and hopes to progress to a career in child psychology. She said:
“It was amazing to win the awards! I was super surprised but delighted to be recognised. It was lovely to come back to sixth form. The support I received here was second to none and my teachers were always on hand to help me no matter what I needed. They pushed me to achieve and succeed and I am very grateful.”
Another award winner, 18-year-old Hannah Marshall, is currently taking a gap year after deferring her place at Northumbria University to study sports development until September 2020. She said:
“Receiving the Jubilee Trophy for Contribution for College Life was very unexpected. My teachers were always on hand to push me further with my studies, which helped me to achieve my full potential and getting involved in volunteering and extra-curricular activities has helped me to gain confidence.”
Mark Hughes, Head of Hartlepool Sixth Form, gave a speech during the awards ceremony, which reflected on the highlights of another successful year including gaining TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) Accreditation, the creation of a new state-of-the-art digital academy and industry-standard health ward, being crowned College of the Year and excellent achievement rates.
After the awards ceremony, Mark commented:
“This annual event gives us all an immense sense of pride as we recognise and celebrate individual student achievements. Our students not only gain the qualification and knowledge they need to progress but also the values and behaviours to be successful in life.
Our class of 2019 are now studying at 36 different universities and higher education institutions with more than 20% of students now studying at prestigious Russell Group universities, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of both staff and students.
“It was great to see the students again and I am delighted that Hartlepool Sixth Form has taken them a step closer to their career and life ambitions.”
Guest speaker at the awards ceremony was local businessman Alby Patterson, who has achieved global success with his Hartlepool-based company Hart Biologicals. He gave an inspiring speech to the students and their families and friends. In addition, current music students Paige Capper, Nathan Clark, Hannah Jukes, Jack Mullinger, Jay Nelson, Andrew Randall and Benjamin Rayne entertained the audience with a selection of popular music hits.