Students have received recognition for their excellent academic progress and positive contribution at their club by making the shortlist for LFE’s Learner of the Term for January to April 2023.
Here are the runners-up, who have all been awarded a £40 Amazon voucher.
Bailey Flaherty – Bradford City Community Trust
Dave Stansfield, Bradford’s Head of Education, said: “Bailey has had a fantastic term (although he might not agree) as he has had braces fitted and numerous trips to the orthodontist but was adamant that it would not affect his college work, attendance or punctuality and is still the proud owner of a 100% punctuality and attendance record during his time at Bradford City.
“Bailey volunteers his time at the club as a ball boy, whilst also volunteering as an assistant referee for the club’s youth games. Bailey is also voluntarily coaching PE lessons at a local school called Peel Park Primary school where he most recently delivered a session on striking and catching to year fives.
Bailey always works hard on his college work and has so far received distinctions in all his work and is also excelling on the extended diploma which, despite facing the challenge of only having access to a computer at his grandads to complete work at home, it does provide Bailey the opportunity to see his grandad more often. He is often seen around the classrooms around college in his own time making sure he is consistently on top of his extended.”
Oren Williams – Blackpool Community Trust
Oren’s Tutor, Caroline Hawes, said: “Oren is a fantastic student who is a model example of punctuality, dedication and positive attitude towards learning. He is a consistent and dedicated individual who always arrives on time, ready to tackle day’s tasks with enthusiasm and a positive outlook. He demonstrates a genuine love for learning and this is evident in his eagerness to participate in class discussions.
“Oren’s coaching abilities have also been recognised within the trust when supporting learners with their coaching unit. The trust offer a mentoring scheme to upskill and develop learners. Oren stood out to staff from day one.
“He is a credit to the trust. He has only been with us for a short period of time and already knows exactly what he wants to do in the future. He is a driven individual and takes every opportunity offered to him.”
Elliot Burrows – Nottingham Forest Community Trust
Lead Education Tutor, Leanne McDonagh, said: “Despite having a bit of a wobbly start to his first semester, Elliot came back after Christmas more focused and determined than ever. He applies himself well during lessons despite distractions from others and doesn’t let his autism get in the way. Elliot has had a couple of university offers to study Aquaculture and is focused on getting the grades needed to gain entry to the course. He constantly checks in with me to make sure he is on track and is meeting all the criteria he needs to achieve his desired grades. Nothing is going to stop Elliot from achieving his goals.”
Mason Wright – Derby County Community Trust
“Mason has undergone a challenging time during this term. He initially struggled to meet deadlines and the required standard of work which meant he was unavailable for a number of matches. Since then, he has managed to turn it around and has achieved a number of positive outcomes. He has improved his attendance and punctuality, has met deadlines and is more helpful to others within the classroom. Mason has become far more focused and has demonstrated a real positive outlook to his work.”
Harvey Gluckstad – Southend United Community Trust
Head of Education, Andy Edmunds, said: “Harvey started the programme back in September 2022 as a shy, polite and intelligent young man. Despite being disappointed not to be enrolled onto the Level 3 programme, he has shown outstanding potential during his time here so far.
“Harvey very rarely misses a BTEC lesson or training session and has demonstrated excellent attendance and punctuality throughout the whole programme. He has shown resilience and consistently works towards the Merit and Distinction criteria’s. At the beginning of the programme, Harvey was missing small details on his first submissions, however he is now meeting all of his criteria’s. He has shown that he is more than capable at his current level and is well prepared for the Level 3 qualification.”