Photo Caption: Left to right – Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College and Executive Head Teacher and CEO of South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust Professor Andrew Wren, Director of Curriculum and Head of Sixth Form Helen Gibson, Lorraine Griffiths, Jack Griffiths, Assistant Principal – Curriculum Sue Hannan, Head Teacher of Chetwynde School Stephen Jefferson

Shining Star Student Wins Award

A Furness College student who has been a shining star throughout lockdown has won a county-wide education award.

Jack Griffiths scooped the Against All Odds category in the Golden Apple Education Awards for his learning achievements and overcoming personal challenges with his disabilities.

Jack, who studies Media at the Channelside campus, said he was delighted to win the award, which was presented at a glittering ceremony at Energus in Workington this week.

“I am proud of myself and I have done so well to get this award doing all my studies in lockdown and I am buzzing to have won.

“Thank you to everyone and it means a lot and I feel as though as must I have done well and I have put the hard work in and I feel really good and happy about being nominated for these awards.”

Jack’s mum, Lorraine, who accompanied him at the awards, said she was very proud at how far he had come and also that he had been shortlisted in the highly-contested Student of the Year category.

“I am happy he got nominated for both awards and to win against all odds means a lot to overcome disabilities and challenges in life and has worked well especially at home and he has come through all that and it means the most to have won this award and I am glad and happy he has.”

Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College Professor Andrew Wren congratulated Jack on his win.

“This is a night of celebration for the many achievements of people across the education community in Cumbria and I congratulate everyone who was nominated. Against All Odds was a strong category with students across Cumbria all competing for this award and so many uplifting stories of how people have overcome adversity and the challenges of Covid-19 to achieve. We are thrilled that Jack edged it and this is very well-deserved.”

The annual Golden Apple Awards, presented by Newsquest Cumbria, showcase excellence in education across all levels of learning in the region – celebrating amazing academic achievement and true innovation in teaching and learning. The nominees are shortlisted by an independent judging panel.

Furness College sponsor the award for Best Education & Learning Leader which celebrates the work of dedicated education professionals and recognises those who go above and beyond. This was won by Professor Brian Webster-Henderson from the University of Cumbria.

The newly formed South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust, led by Furness College in partnership with Chetwynde School, sponsored the award for Best Teaching Assistant which celebrates the teaching assistants who go the extra mile and was won by Drusilla Farr from Pennine Way Primary School in Carlisle.

Jack Griffiths and Lorraine Griffiths celebrating Jack winning the Against All odds category.

Jack Griffiths and Lorraine Griffiths celebrating Jack winning the Against All odds category.

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