An Evening of Celebration, held to honour a record number of Bexhill and Hastings students who achieved Gold Standard in the Scholars Programme, saw one Bexhill youngster recognised for being an ‘exemplary’ student.
One hundred students in Years 10 to 13, from seven local schools and colleges, including Bexhill college, were awarded a Gold Standard for their determination to achieve specific goals as well as demonstrating educational progress, achievement and excellence at the event held at ARK William Parker Academy, Hastings
The Scholars Programme, part of Villiers Park Educational Trust’s commitment to improve social mobility in the UK, works with able students from less advantaged backgrounds.
The programme provides ongoing, comprehensive support for Scholars during a free four year programme from Year 10 to Year 13 and aims to raise student’s aspirations and give them academic and personal skills to enable them to gain places at universities or other centres of excellence and to thrive once there.
From the Gold Standard recipients fourteen students were shortlisted for the Mike Baker Scholar of the Year Award which recognises and rewards Scholars who demonstrated exemplary attainment, attitude, manners, contribution, attendance and progress during the academic year. Three or four Scholars from each year group were shortlisted and, Chrissy Baker (Mike Baker’s widow) announced the winners.
The Year 13 Award went to Bexhill 6th Form College student Holly O’Mahony, recognised for being an exemplary Scholar who demonstrated persistence and tenacity as she aspires to achieve her full potential.
Jeremy Reynolds, Director of the Scholars Programme said the Evening of Celebration had been a “vibrant and enjoyable evening,” adding: “It was wonderful to hear first-hand about personal journeys that Scholars had made, and Scholar Alumni spoke about the extraordinary, transformational impact of the programme on their attainment, self-confidence and career pathways.”