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Former students win £1000 awards

Former students win £1000 awards

Two former Blackpool Sixth students received £1000 cheques just before the Christmas holidays for their excellent work at the college. Thomas White, who attended Cardinal Allen Catholic High School before progressing to Blackpool Sixth, won the ‘most deserving student’ award and Jacob Hall, a former St. Mary’s Catholic Academy pupil, won the ‘most outstanding student’ award. Both awards are funded from a generous bequest made by the late Mrs Joyce Birtwhistle.

A condition of the bequest is that students receiving the awards progress to higher education after college. Both students have now successfully completed their first term at university: Tom is studying ancient history at the University of Manchester and Jacob is studying law at Bristol University. Thomas praised the support he had received from both teaching and pastoral staff to help him succeed. “The teaching was great and I had a lot of help from my pastoral mentor with my university application.” He said he was very grateful for the award which he may use in part to help him travel to Rome so he can see first-hand the key historical sites of the city.

Jacob said that he was ‘quite stunned’ by the size of the award and that he had not expected to do quite so well with his A levels (two A stars and an A). He too was full of praise for the teachers and other staff who had helped him set his sights high and had supported whilst at college. As well as achieving stunning A level grades in the summer, Jacob was also heavily involved in fundraising and voluntary work for an impoverished community in Nepal whilst at college. He may use the award to help continue his work with that community during his university studies.