Pure class and graded highly

Student of the Year 2014 Poppy Hudson of Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, with Fiona Grady, vice principal of award sponsors Boston College.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Student of the Year 2014 Poppy Hudson of Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, with Fiona Grady, vice principal of award sponsors Boston College. Photo by Tim Wilson.

When Deeping St Nicholas mother Fiona Gurney saw her daughter Tilly’s GCSE results at Spalding High School almost five weeks ago, the pride was overflowing.

A total of two A*s and nine A grades meant that Fiona said: “I’m so proud of Tilly because she’s been able to juggle her cycling progress, school work and social life, being really grown up about it.”

There is a case for saying that children are born to make their parents proud and this applies, more than anywhere else, to the classroom and exam room.

But it is also essential for a pupil or student to be a role model in life, full of maturity, responsibility and community-mindedness.

Such a child or teenager is exactly the sort of young person who will succeed Poppy Hudson of Spalding, a student at the town’s Sir John Gleed School, as the 2015 Student of the Year at the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press Education Awards.

The award is sponsored by Boston College which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a renewed commitment to being a “forward-looking, vibrant and successful” centre of education.

College principal Amanda Mosek said: “At Boston College, we work hard to raise the aspirations and confidence of every single one of our learners by working closely with local businesses to ensure our curriculum is relevant and meeting regional needs.

“We offer a broad range of vocational, academic and apprenticeship courses, enabling our learners to become highly employable and ensuring that we supply our local businesses with the best young people to fill their vacancies.

“Boston College has chosen to sponsor the Student of the Year Award because we believe passionately in encouraging learners to achieve the best they can and supporting them to perform beyond their expectations, with the college’s considerable success at getting them into employment or university.”

The 2015 Student of the Year will emulate Poppy who, after her win last year, said: “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before and I was absolutely speechless.”

Nominations are open for our second Education Awards from schools in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and villages south of Boston.

The criteria, award sponsors and nomination details can be found by clicking on the Education Awards section on this website.

The deadline is 5pm on Friday, October 16, and for a nomination form, call Mark Stanford on 01553 817354.