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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Barrow Sixth Form College students recognised for outstanding achievements

THE outstanding achievements and hard work of students has been recognised at a prizegiving.

Scores of former students returned to Barrow Sixth Form College on Tuesday evening for the annual awards presentation.

Tania Clarke collected four awards on the night. The 18-year-old, of Lindal, achieved three A*s and an A in her A-Levels and is now studying education with English and drama at Homerton College, the University of Cambridge.

The former co-president of the Students’ Union won a College Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance, the Principal’s Prize for Service to the College, the Prize for Dance and The Ashton Group Theatre Prize.

Tania said: “It’s such a privilege and I’m really happy to be back. Barrow Sixth Form College nurtured me and helped me.

“I absolutely love university. I didn’t think I’d even get an offer for Cambridge.”

She said she has settled in well and plans to do more work to promote Oxbridge for young people from working class backgrounds.

Jackson Almond, Alexander Danson, Matthew Dent, Samuel Mann, Stephen Robinson and Ryan Steel each received a College Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance.

This year the Rating Lane College had an overall pass rate of 98.4 per cent and 47 per cent A* to B grades.

Principal David Batten told the students: “You are a real credit to our college.

“It’s been a real pleasure for us to be part of your education. Education is one of those things that can change lives and through your education you can change other people’s lives.”

Jan Fielding, who this summer retired as vice-principal after 26 years at the college, presented the awards.

Mrs Fielding said: “It was a real privilege because I know all the students I presented awards to. It was lovely to see them and find out how their courses are going.”

Rogan Devlin collected three awards and also gave a musical performance singing Stars from Les Misérables.

The 18-year-old won the Northumbria Law School Prize for A-Level Law, The William Rollinson Prize for Geography, and the Barclays Corporate Award for Outstanding Progress for A-Level.

Rogan improved on his AS results of two As, a C and a D to then achieve three A*s an a A at A-Level.

He is now on a gap year carrying out voluntary work in the drama department at Furness Academy, his ex-school where he was a headboy, and running his own drama club at Deemon Performance Academy.

Rogan has applied to study business management at Lancaster University in September.

He said: “I’m really chuffed to receive these awards.

“It’s nice to see everyone. I loved college, it was very supportive.”

The awards evening also included a piano performance from second year Ross Blackley.

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