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Lytham Sixth Form College student named UK’s best performing arts student

By Paul Fielding on 10/07/2017

Lytham Sixth Form College student named UK’s best performing arts student

A Lytham Sixth Form College student has been recognised as the BTEC Performing Arts Student of the Year 2017 at the annual BTEC Awards.

Lewis Dugdale was nominated by Jo Catlow-Morris, Programme Leader in Performing Arts and Art & Design at LSFC, for the prestigious award and was announced as the winner during a sparkling ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, following a lunch reception in Parliament with MPs on ThursdayThe 18-year-old, from St Annes, said:

“I feel very humbled to have been given such a prestigious award.

“I know I couldn't have achieved anything like this without the support and encouragement of my tutors at Lytham Sixth Form College."

The awards recognised candidates in 22 different areas of study or work, with almost 1,000 nominations made to this year’s judging panel. Jo Catlow-Morris added:

“I am so proud that Lewis, a student on our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, has been awarded this prestigious national accolade.

“I nominated Lewis because he has excelled on his course, achieving D*D*D*. He has grown from a shy young man into an actor of integrity and truthfulness of performance. He has blossomed into a confident and independent young man, successfully juggling the challenges that living independently as a young person and studying on a demanding and rigorous course have presented him with.

“The day itself was such a joyous one, seeing not only Lewis but also the other winners being rewarded for their hard work and success in completing their professional and technical qualifications in such an exciting and inspiring setting.”

The winners were unveiled at the ceremony by the BBC television presenter and journalist Steph McGovern. It was a double celebration for Lytham Sixth Form College after fellow student Javaria Jamil, from St Annes, was earlier shortlisted among the best BTEC science students in the country.

Matthew Barr, Associate Head of Lytham Sixth Form College, said:

“We are so proud of the achievements of Lewis and Javaria, who show the level of achievement which can be attained by those who choose to study at Lytham Sixth Form College.

“Since opening in 2015, the College has been hugely successful in delivering high-quality technical and professional programmes to high-achieving school leavers.

“With the government increasing support for technical education to ensure young people receive the best preparation for employment in a vast array of industries, we are proud to be producing students of the calibre of Lewis and Javaria.

“They have proven they are among the brightest the country has to offer and we wish them every success in the future.”

Rod Bristow, UK President of Pearson – which delivers BTEC qualifications, added:

“The fantastic winners being celebrated at the award ceremony exemplify the dedicated students across the country who have been helped to make progress in their lives and careers through BTEC and I am delighted to congratulate them on their well-earned success.

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