Every year, the National BTEC Awards celebrate student success in a variety of courses shining a spotlight on the students that have overcome challenges and obstacles to succeed. This year, the BTEC Awards took place virtually, and the event was hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC Ambassador, Flex. The Awards comprised of 17 categories, celebrating student achievement across a range of subjects.
Following last year’s success, we are excited to announce that ESC has won three awards this year, Gold, Silver and Bronze!
Gold, BTEC Public Services Learner of the Year – Cooper Sommerville, Public Services Level 3
Silver, BTEC Public Services Learner of the Year – Freya Davis, Public Services Level 3
Bronze, BTEC Sport Learner of the Year – Georgie Dawes, Sport Level 1
Jayne Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer, Orbital South Colleges & Principal, East Surrey College, commented:
“At East Surrey College we are delighted to once again have the outstanding work of our students recognised as part of the prestigious National BTEC Awards event, and to win Gold in Public Services for the second year running.
It is an amazing achievement for our students to win BTEC Learner of the Year Awards, and we are delighted to celebrate their success. Our students have shown dedication and commitment both on their courses and in preparing themselves for progression into their chosen careers.
We wish Cooper, Freya and Georgie many congratulations and look forward to keeping in touch in the future to hear more about their achievements.”
These achievements highlight our fantastic Sport and Public Services department, with courses led by tutors who have experience in the sector. This includes those with backgrounds in the military, who are able to teach our students the key skills needed for success in a variety of roles.
For Cooper, this has helped him become successful in selection for a communications role in the RAF, after he sustained an injury that prevented him from pursuing a football career. Former pupil of Warden Park Academy, he was also nominated following his voluntary work in Australia, where he worked at a koala sanctuary and was involved in re-building a women’s shelter. He commented;
“I chose to study Public Services because the tutors are extremely helpful, the College has great facilities and it is ranked very highly throughout the country. BTEC has a great mixture of both practical and theory units, which makes the course ideal for me as my approach to learning is very much practical.”
His tutors describe Cooper as “a conscientious and diligent student and a model for others that he meets outside of College.” He regularly leads his groups on expeditions and helps the tutors set up for activities!
Freya, former pupil at The Warwick School and current Public Services Level 3 student, balances a number of part-time jobs and voluntary roles alongside her course. She has overcome personal challenges to successfully take part in and complete several expeditions as well as an indoor climbing course. She has undertaken work as a model, and has been selected to take part in London Fashion Week. As part of her application for Top Model UK she has successfully raised £500 for the Top Model Foundation! She also has proactively approached the Police Force for advice on careers, and commented:
“The BTEC Public Services course is specifically designed and focused to help me get into my specific career with industry experienced lecturers who have actually been in the Public Services. I am passionate about my BTEC because I genuinely believe it will help me to gain employment in the Police.”
Our Bronze Medalist, Georgie, joined ESC from Cheam High School on a Life Skills – SEND course and has since progressed to Sport Level 1! He balances his studies with part-time job coaching at Chelsea FC, after he initially volunteered there 5 years ago. He was also chosen to be the face of a Kidney Care UK campaign, as a result of his attitude and positivity towards life. As well as football, he participates in a range of other sports, and is regularly searching for additional qualifications to complete.
When Georgie first visited at an Open Event he “instantly felt comfortable at ESC.” He added that “it is a safe and comfortable place to learn, I always feel that my opinions count.”
We are extremely proud of our students and wish them all the best in their future endeavors!