Published: February 10, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea pupils receive 'student of the year' awards

Two of Burnham-On-Sea's brightest students have been honoured at a glittering awards ceremony held at Weston College.

Eighteen year-old Emily Dodd of College Street in Burnham was awarded the 'Care and Early Years Student of the Year' prize after completing her BTEC First Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development.

She was nominated by lecturer Tanya Gardener, who said: "Emily is a real success story, having progressed from Level 1 to Level 2, achieving distinction grades on each course."

"She is a highly motivated student who consistently produced work of a high standard. In her work placement she showed excellent professional skills, which has led to a range of job opportunities for her."

Another deserving winner was Helen Hurley, of Friars Way in Burnham (pictured right), who won the 'Animal and Equine Student of the Year' award for her outstanding work at the college's annual 'Celebration of Success' event. Helen, 40, recently completed a BTEC National Diploma in Equine Management.

The talented students were presented with their awards at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare by BBC Radio Bristol presenter Nigel Dando, as pictured here. Mr Dando is a successful radio presenter with comprehensive media experience in both radio and newspapers.

Both Burnham students have now progressed onto further courses at the College; Helen has enrolled on the Foundation Degree in Equine Management and Emily is working towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Children’s Care Learning and Development whilst working at Burnham Infants Pre-school.

Weston College Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Paul Phillips told "Whilst we are proud of the achievements of each and every one of our students, we believe it is important to recognise outstanding effort and achievement. These awards were presented to students who have gone the extra mile in their studies, those who have motivated others, overcome the odds and contributed the most."


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