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Lytham Sixth Form College student's success at national awards

Javaria Jamil with Fylde MP Mark Menzies during a recent visit to Lytham Sixth Form College

A Lytham Sixth Form College student has been recognised among the most promising young scientists in the country.

Javaria Jamil, from St Annes, has been highly commended in the Science Student of the Year category at this year’s BTEC Awards - which puts her in the top 10 BTEC science students nationally.  

The 19-year-old second year student is on course for a Triple Distinction* in Applied Science at Lytham Sixth Form College - the equivalent of three A* at A-level – and was nominated for the honour by Programme Leader Eleanor Benson. Javaria said:

“I’m very proud to have been highly commended in the BTEC Student of the Year awards.

“To be rated so highly among some extremely talented students from around the country is something I will always remember.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my parents and tutors at Lytham Sixth Form College.”

Mandy Pritchard, Head of Lytham Sixth Form College, said it was a great achievement for Javaria to be recognised with such a prestigious award. She added:

“We are extremely proud of Javaria’s achievement, which puts her in the top 10 BTEC science students in the country.

“She continues to work extremely hard on her programme and is expecting to progress onto a degree in pharmacy, already having received offers from respected universities.”

The winners of the BTEC Student of the Year awards will be unveiled at the official ceremony in the world-famous Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster on Thursday 6 July 2017.  

A spokesman for Pearson, which delivers BTEC qualifications, added:

“We have been amazed by the quality of nominations we've received for the BTEC Awards this year.

"This is a wonderful accomplishment and a great indication of truly outstanding work.”

Fylde MP Mark Menzies visits Lytham Sixth Form College

Mark Menzies MP visited Lytham Sixth Form College to speak to students and receive a tour of facilities

Fylde MP Mark Menzies visited Lytham Sixth Form College for a tour of the facilities and to speak to students about building their futures through quality technical and professional education

The visit came after Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College – often known as Lytham St Annes High School – decided to discontinue its A-level provision, leaving some people incorrectly believing the Sixth Form College was to close.

In fact, Lytham Sixth Form College’s Triple Diploma programmes in technical and professional subjects have seen continued demand for growth in the two years since the campus opened – and the College continues to flourish.

Following the visit, Mr Menzies said:

“The College invited me to come and see their excellent facilities and learn more about the technical and professional programmes they will continue to offer, despite the high school announcing it will no longer run A-levels.

“I was keen to speak to the students about their studies at Lytham Sixth Form College and find out what they wanted to do with their futures.

“I met one young woman – Javaria – who is expecting to progress onto a degree in pharmacy, and has had two offers from respected universities, as well as a number of art students and performers who wish to go into a variety of fields. It was great to see the passion and enthusiasm they had for their chosen pathways.

“While I was sorry that the high school was unable to continue providing A-levels from Lytham Sixth Form College, I would encourage anyone interested in post-16 education to see what the College is offering. As the Chancellor made clear in his recent Budget statement, the government considers technical education to be a fantastic route into highly desirable careers and vital to UK productivity and our economic prosperity.”

Lytham Sixth Form College is part of the Blackpool and The Fylde College family and delivers many of the same Ofsted Outstanding programmes at the campus on Church Road, Ansdell.

Head of Lytham Sixth Form Mandy Pritchard added:

“We were delighted Mr Menzies was able to take the time to visit the College and hear about the programmes we offer to our students.

“As well as respected qualifications, students studying at Lytham Sixth Form College receive a genuine college experience designed to equip them equally for the academic rigours of university and a vast range of graduate careers.

“While our partnership with the high school may have come to an end, we will continue to offer outstanding opportunities for young people in south Fylde in career-focused education which includes work placements with blue chip employers, as well as exciting and extensive enrichment activities, combining to deliver a unique learning experience.”

Mark Menzies MP meets graphic design students and examines their work
Mark Menzies MP meets Lytham Sixth Form College art students and examines their work

Student charity events raise money for Fylde Sharks

Lytham Sixth Form College students presented a cheque to representatives from Fylde Sharks

Lytham Sixth Form College students went on a money-raising mission to bring in vital funds for a disability swimming team.

The 27 students from Public Services and Sport carried out a range of volunteering and charitable activities, including cleaning up St Annes beach, organising a charity football match and running a cycling event from Central Pier to Starr Gate in Blackpool.

In total, they raised £210 for the Fylde Sharks and presented representatives from the swimming team with a cheque during an event at College last week. Pam Young, from Fylde Sharks, said:

“It is refreshing to see so many young people thinking about and helping those less fortunate.

“The money raised will help to purchase equipment for Sharks' next project of snorkelling.

“Fylde Sharks works tirelessly for children with disabilities to reach their potential in the pool and it is through young people raising money and volunteering to help swimming instructors in the pool that our task is made so much easier.”

The activities came about from students taking part in National Citizenship Scheme (NCS), in association with Blackpool Football Club Community Trust.

Students were also involved in a Community Project at Blackpool Football Club’s Bloomfield Road stadium, learning the skills including first aid qualifications, project management and attending a “Look at Life” seminar.

Blackpool Community Trust’s social action team also attended the cheque presentation ceremony to thank the students for their hard work.

Mark Walker, Programme Leader in Public Services, Engineering and Computing at Lytham Sixth Form College, added:

“It is always a proud moment when students put the skills they have learnt at College into action to do something which benefits those in their community.

“Fylde Sharks is an excellent programme and all the students involved were delighted to have raised money to help the young people on the team to learn snorkelling skills.

“At Lytham Sixth Form College we think of ourselves as a committed part of this community and we encourage our students to get involved with worthy local causes and organisations – whether through their study programmes or extra-curricular activities.”

Lytham Sixth Form College offers career-focussed technical and professional education programmes in a range of subject areas in partnership with the Ofsted Outstanding Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Lytham Sixth Form College students presented a cheque to representatives from Fylde Sharks
Lytham Sixth Form College students presented a cheque to representatives from Fylde Sharks


Fylde students head to Cambridge


Students at CambridgePotential Oxbridge applicants from Fylde have been getting a taste of university life.

Students from Lytham Sixth Form College spent two days as guests of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge.

During their visit they enjoyed a tour of the university, experienced a law and computer science lecture and learnt from the admissions team what makes an applicant stand out.

Tutor Nina Nichol, who accompanied the seven students on the visit, said the trip was really worthwhile, with a number now seriously thinking about applying.

"These familiarisation visits are offered to areas with low levels of applications to Oxford or Cambridge to demonstrate how accessible they actually are," she said.

"They really provide a taste of university life and the College is delighted to have been able to offer this opportunity to our students.

A level student Anthony Ford, 17, who is looking to start a degree next year, commented: "I really enjoyed the trip to Cambridge University; it was informative, useful and fun too. It's helped me gain an insight into life at one of the world's top-performing universities.

"The visit is a fine example of a way for students to develop a better understanding of higher education and what it is like and I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to have visited.

"Current university students were welcoming and showed us around Sidney Sussex College, giving plenty of details about life in the college.

"As well as that, the important aspects such as experiencing a lecture and being informed about the admissions/application process, were equally brilliant and very beneficial.

"Overall it was an extremely enjoyable visit and I'd love to see more things like this in the future."

Lytham Sixth Form College provides high achieving school leavers with a genuine college experience and a choice of either A levels or level 3 Extended Diplomas, as a route through to university and graduate careers.



A Big Draw for Lytham Sixth Open Day

Students at the big drarMembers of the local community are being asked to support Lytham Sixth Form College students and take part in the national Big Draw festival at the campus.

The Lytham Sixth Form College Open Day on 10 October is set to be a real hands-on event, with Art and Design students chosen to participate in this year's Big Draw. Students will lead the 'Big Windmill Draw', a collective drawing and collage project comprised of the outlines of participants' hands and silhouettes which will be used to create the form of the Lytham Windmill.

Tutor Ellie Jakeman said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our Art and Design students to work on a national initiative and involve the local community in their first major art project. We`ve chosen to draw the Lytham Windmill since it?s a historic and well-loved landmark of our community.

"I'm really pleased that the students are able to be involved with such a high profile project just a month into the course; we're putting Lytham Sixth Form College on the map! Hopefully this can become an annual event to give students the chance to work to a live brief, but for it to be a success we need plenty of people to turn up."

The Big Draw event is open for all age groups and students are encouraging everyone from children to grandparents to get involved. Small children will be able to make their own windmills and get windmill face paint in the special windmill garden, plus there's a chance to take a look at the newest college in the area as well as supporting students, having some fun and be part of a life-size, collective art installation.

To get involved, simply turn up at Lytham Sixth Form College between 11am-2pm on Saturday 10 October. Free parking is available on site. For more information, visit

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