Global honour for Priestley duo

TWO students from Priestley College have been honoured for outstanding achievements in a competition that recognises talent across the world.

Sophie Nunn and Khalisah Ali received bronze certificates in the Science Learner of the Year category of the global BTEC Awards.

Priestley Principal James Gresty said: “Sophie and Khalisah should be so proud of what they have achieved.

“What they both have shown is a determination to work hard and achieve their goals, which deserves to be recognised and I wish them well in whatever they go on to do next.”

The BTEC Awards are an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of learners, tutors, teachers, schools and colleges involved in the qualification.

Organisers said 2021 was ‘an extra special year as we recognise the exceptional resilience of learners and teachers who have achieved, despite the challenges of studying and delivering, outstanding learning during the pandemic.’

For Sophie, a former pupil at Bridgewater High, it was a successful end to four years at Priestley. She started on a Level 2 course and built up to Level 3.

Now she has secured a place at Worcester University studying Paramedic Science.

Before she leaves, however, she plans to secure a license that will allow her to drive ambulances with paramedics in the West Midlands.

“I’ve grown as a person at Priestley,” said Sophie.

“If you would have spoken to my teachers when I started I don’t think they would have thought I would be going to university, but with their support that’s what they have helped me to achieve.”

Both Priestley students were nominated for the award by their tutor Margaret Batten who believed they deserved recognition for their commitment to their studies.

For Khalisah, a former pupil at Great Sankey High, the plan is to study Adult Nursing at university.

At Priestley College she combined BTEC Applied Science with an OCR in Health and Social Care and an A-Level in History.

“It was a surprise to receive the certificate, especially as it is a global award,” she said.

Sophie Nunn and Khalisah Ali with Principal James Gresty and tutor Margaret Batten.

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