26 July 2017

Staff and parents looked on proudly as three talented students collected their £1,000 Scholarship awards from Gateway Sixth Form College on 11 July 2017.

The students were the latest recipients of a Scholarship programme run by Gateway Sixth Form College in Leicester. The awards are open to all Gateway pupils, who must be nominated by a member of staff with winners finally selected by a committee of Governors, Teachers and Progress Coaches.

Chair of Governors John Kirk explained that the winners were chosen based not only on their academic performance, but also their ability to overcome challenges, to interact with staff and fellow students and contribute to creating a spirit of aspiration, community and learning within the College.

He praised the 2017 Scholarship winners, saying:

“We’re immensely proud of all of our students but sadly can only give this award to three of them.  It was a very difficult choice deciding from all of the nominations we received.  These awards are well deserved and we are delighted to reward these three students for their efforts.”

First to receive her award was Morgan Payne who has just completed her first year at Gateway studying English, Maths and Creative Media.  Morgan received two nominations from teachers within the Learning for Life and Work faculty.

Dipika Patel said of Morgan:

“she is a lovely student. She faced a difficult year with her health needs; however, this never stopped her from trying her best. She is kind, caring and always has a smile on her face.  Morgan’s confidence has grown; she has made friends and managed herself extremely well.  I’m amazed at her positivity and determination to do well and nominate her for her brilliant effort this year.”

Teacher Hannah Bishop added:

“Morgan is an extremely mature, hardworking student.  She has had numerous health issues, which have, through no fault of her own, caused her to miss many lessons. Yet despite this, she has exceeded expectations in terms of her level of work. It is of an extremely high standard and she has produced some of the most beautiful art work I have ever seen for her Level 1 Creative Arts course.”

Morgan said:

“I have really enjoyed my first year and am looking forward to coming back to continue my studies.  I have made some good friends here and the teachers are really friendly and supportive.  I’m going to save my Scholarship prize for the future, I would eventually like to work as an Art Therapist with teens who are struggling with anxiety and depression.”

Bilal Osman was next to received his Scholarship award with two nominations by staff.  The first, from progress Coach Victoria Tye described Bilal as “a fantastically able student and completely dedicated to achieving.”

Victoria continued:

“he’s a really deserving student who has worked so hard to secure his place at Leeds University and would massively appreciate a boost to his student finance!”

Bilal’s’ English Teacher, Steve Lockwood, added:

“Bilal has flourished in this second year, demonstrating excellent subject knowledge and a genuine affinity for the concepts and terms that underpin the study of English Language. With his coursework portfolio already outstanding, he has now given himself every opportunity of achieving an A* in the final analysis – and it will be richly deserved.”

Bilal, who leaves Gateway this summer to embark on a degree in Law said:

“I am thrilled to be receiving this award.  I have really enjoyed studying at Gateway, the supportive culture and learning environment have enabled me to flourish.  I have been able to talk to my teachers about anything.”

The final prize was nominated by Progress Coach Chantal McManus for Reece Ladwa,

Chantal said:

“(Reece is) hardworking and constantly trying to achieve better.  He stretches himself to rise to the challenges that he faces head on and staff often comment on his hard work and consistency in everything he undertakes, always willing to go the extra mile and participate in experiences beyond the classroom.”

Reece beamed from ear to ear and added:

“I would like to thank the Progress Coaches and my Teachers who have helped me.  I am looking forward to starting my degree in Business Management in the autumn and the prize money will help with my student loan.  Gateway has been good for me, it has been a steep learning curve and I have changed a lot over the last three years, from being lazy and uncertain to confident and focussed in my career.”

Reece’s father Sanjiv commented:

“I’m really proud of him, he’s done really well to get from where he was to where he is now.  He has proved he can turn it around, and all three students nominated today have shown that anything is possible.  Its’s amazing and very inspirational.”

We would like to second that.  Congratulations to all who were nominated and our three winners.

For more information about Gateway College go to www.gateway.ac.uk, or telephone 0116 274 4500


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