Blessed Trinity RC College awards evening

Guest speaker and former headteacher Miss Bernadette Bleasdale (centre) and headteacher Mr Richard Varey (left) with students during the senior presentation evening at Blessed Trinity College in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

Guest speaker and former headteacher Miss Bernadette Bleasdale (centre) and headteacher Mr Richard Varey (left) with students during the senior presentation evening at Blessed Trinity College in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

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BURNLEY youngsters were recognised for their shining academic and personal acheivements at a special awards evening.

The event, at Blessed Trinity RC College, saw pupils, staff and parents celebrate the school’s successes over the last year.

Guest of honour for the ceremony was Miss Bernadette Bleasdale, former Blessed Trinity headteacher, who retired earlier this year.

In his speech, current headteacher Mr Richard Varey paid tribute to Miss Bleasdale and her “outstanding Catholic leadership” over her 34-year teaching career.

Describing Miss Bleasdale as a “legend,” Mr Varey acknowledged her achievements over her 20-year headship in Burnley, the results and reputation of St Hilda’s and her driving vision in the Building Schools for the Future project.

Addressing the assembled guests, Miss Bleasdale paid tribute to the class of 2007 and how resilient they had been in their five years on three different sites .

She highlighted the hard work of staff, friends, governors and this year’s exam results as well as praising the leadership of Mr Varey. She also took the opportunity to lead tributes to Mr Tim Oakes, school adviser who was tragically killed in October on the way to climb Mount Everest.

The award-winners were: BTEC applied science, Reece Foulds; BTEC art & design (fashion), Katie Jones; BTEC hairdressing, Sinead Birch; BTEC sport, Sarah Barlow, Megan Salkeld; DiDA, Summer Rockliffe; BTEC travel & tourism, Connor Dand; GCSE art (sponsored by KSC in memory of Percy Hobley), Thomas Lund; GCSE business studies, Charlotte Redmond; GCSE catering, Georgia Wright; GCSE design & technology electronic products, Aden Broxton; GCSE design & technology food technology, Jessica Rigg; GCSE design & technology graphic products, Thomas Lund; GCSE design & technology resistant materials, Celyn Lennard; design & technology textiles technology, Morgan Driver; GCSE dance, Phoebe Wigglesworth; GCSE drama, William Brown; GCSE English language, Katie Garrett; GCSE English literature (Gene O’Carroll), Holly Walker-Dunseith; GCSE French, Jade Oldcorn; GCSE geography, Katie Garrett; GCSE German, Holly Walker-Dunseith; GCSE health & social care, Kayleigh Reidy; GCSE history (in memory of Andrew Kennedy), Jade Oldcorn; GCSE mathematics, Kiah Maiden; GCSE media studies, Rebecca Scaturro; GCSE music, William Brown; GCSE physical education, Alexander Campbell; GCSE Polish, Patryk Ziolkowski; GCSE religious education, Holly Walker-Dunseith; GCSE science, Katie Garrett; GCSE sociology, Natasha Kerr; GCSE Spanish, Natalie Topham.

Contribution to the community (sponsored by the Catenian Association, Burnley Circle), Reece Foulds; contribution to college life (sponsored by KSC), Louis Potter; headteacher’s award for overcoming adversity, Thomas Ormerod; progress award (sponsored by KSC in memory of James Frizelle), Dylan Pickup; specialist college sports award (sponsored by KSC in memory of Bill Duxbury), Kerry Holding; specialist college humanities award (sponsored by KSC in memory of Albert Walmsley), Megan Howarth; governors’ award for faith life to the college, Lucy Glynn; the aim higher award (for outstanding effort and achievement in memory of Cliff Duerden), Danielle Topham.

KSC Awards for outstanding GCSE results, Morgan Driver, Katie Garrett, Holly Walker-Dunseith, Thomas Lund, Sarah Barlow, Natasha Barratt, Andrew Munro, Danielle Topham, Matthew Buckley, Danny Grogan, Hanson Ng, Katie White; PTFA award for outstanding attendance, Years 7 to 11, Olivia Canty, Bethany Heys, Kerry Holding, Thomas Lund, Melissa Meade, Nicola Craig.

Head boy, Jack Barker; head girl, Emma Salkeld; deputy head boy, Thomas Lund; deputy head girl, Abigail Lowe.