Top honour for Kirsty

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A COLLEGE student outshined hundreds of competitors to win a national award for educational excellence.

Kirsty Fishwick has won Business BTEC Student of the Year at the National BTEC Awards, held in London.

The ceremony was held in recognition of the near one million students around the country who are studying BTEC qualifications this year.

Pearson, which owns Edexcel, the awarding body for BTECs, received more than 700 nominations across the 22 award categories for this year’s awards.

The awards were hosted by Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson, at the Royal Horticultural Halls, in London, and attended by winning students, teachers, and education leaders.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson also spoke at the ceremony.

Beforehand there was a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords hosted by Government Education spokesperson Baroness Margaret Sharp.

As part of Kirsty’s course she set up a very successful micro-business, which she still runs alongside her studies, and she beat hundreds of Peter Jones Academy students from across the country to secure a highly prestigious work placement with GFK, in Surrey.

In September Kirsty, who attends the academy at East Durham College, will go to Durham University to study business and management.

Kirsty, from Peterlee, who was nominated by her course tutor Jill Campbell, said: “I’m delighted 
to win the award in this year’s National BTEC Awards.

“My BTEC has helped me understand so much about business.”