This year it has been more difficult than ever to decide which of the many contenders should take our Student of the Year title.
As always, there has been a huge number of people gaining excellent grades in Maths, English and/or Science GCSE/IGCSE, enabling them to go on to study and hopefully fulfill their ambitions of becoming, amongst other professions, teachers, nurses or midwives. Many of these students are returning to studying while also coping with the demands of being single mothers or having families and young children to look after. Step forward; Bunnetta Harrison, Anna Melamed, Sandra Dry, Michelle Dearden, Rebecca Hancock and many more. Congratulations to you all on your tenacity and determination, we are delighted to have helped and we wish you all the best in your future careers.
There are also a number of very mature students who have returned to studying after many years and regained a love of learning which may well lead on to further studies; Brian Staley, Ofra Immanuel, Jennifer Morgan and Jane Lock to name just a few.
However, this year our two finalists have both been studying from abroad. Katerina Warnes gained 3 IGCSE’s all at grade A or A* while living and working in Germany and she is going on to study science A levels with a view to becoming a dietician. Tana Rana, who is a member of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, began studying with us in 2008 and gained a grade B in English GCSE. He then took up his Maths A level while in the Falkland Islands and has now achieved grade A at AS level in Maths and Mechanics and is going on to study for his A2.
Watch this space, our winner will be announced shortly.