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Students inspire one of Britain’s finest Paralympians

Sarah Storey with Lydia King and Emma Burn.

A PARALYMPIAN told former students of Priestley College that they had inspired her during a ceremony in their honour.

Dame Sarah Storey – a 14-time Paralympic gold medal winner – was speaking at the Class of 2017’s awards evening at St Elphin’s Church.

“Congratulations to everyone here this evening receiving their awards,” she said. “It is very inspiring to hear of your hard work and resilience in overcoming challenges and hurdles to get to where you are today.”

Sacrifice and success have been part of Dame Sarah’s 25-year career in which she has won 25 Paralympic medals and become Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian.

During her speech she told Priestley’s alumni that – without dedication, drive and determination – they would always fall short.

“Don’t be afraid to take new opportunities, if a different door opens then take a look inside and see if it’s a new direction you would enjoy,” she said.

“You might find something you are even better at, so don’t be afraid to change paths because life is a journey and if you follow your dreams you won’t go too far wrong.”

Earlier in the evening soprano Erin Alexander, a former Priestley student who has performed at The Vatican, amazed the audience with renditions of ‘One Moment in Time’ and ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’.

Each year Priestley honours the academic achievements of its departing students as well as recognising the successes of those who have overcome personal difficulties including homelessness and serious health issues.

Solvay, Warrington Wolves and the town’s mayor were among those who sponsored awards that included honours for different subject areas, for endeavour as well as contribution to college and community life.

Principal Matthew Grant said: “Priestley stands out as a college that really does care about every single student, where we seek to bring out the very best in everyone.

“I’m exceptionally proud to be the Principal at Priestley, I’m proud of your achievements and I know the staff at Priestley get so much pleasure in sharing all these moments with you.”


This year’s open events are fast approaching. They are your best chance to get a feel for Priestley as you will see the campus, meet tutors and also current students who will give you their opinions about college life.

We always encourage prospective students to visit one of the first open events in October because they will often want to return for another look and to ask further questions, sometimes after visiting other colleges.

Also during these open events there is the chance to hear from Principal Matthew Grant whose presentation covers all aspects of college life including our commitment to you as students.

The open events are on the following dates..

Wednesday 4th October   5.30pm to 8pm

Thursday 5th October       5.30pm to 8pm

Saturday 14th October      10.30am to 12.30pm

Wednesday 8th November  5.30pm to 8pm

Top grades and huge smiles for the Class of 2017

Tara Dalton, a former pupil at The Heath, with Emma Litva-Bailey after both collected their A-Levels today.

YOUNG people with aspirations of becoming doctors, lawyers, scientists and engineers collected their results at Priestley College today.

Among them was Matthew Peach who earned A*s in Biology, Maths and German along with an A in Chemistry to secure his place at Oxford University studying Biochemistry.

“I can’t wait to get there now,” said Matthew, a former Cardinal Newman pupil. “I visited Oxford with Priestley and straight away I liked the atmosphere and found the staff really friendly.”

The Class of 2017 achieved a 100% pass rate in 37 subjects with every Graphic Design student achieving an A* to C grade.

Other subject areas that excelled were French where 87.5% of students secured a grade in that top band and across all sciences and maths 68% of grades were at A* to C.

In a sign that Priestley students met theirs – and their prospective universities’ expectations – only 14 out of more than 600 students had to go through Clearing.

Principal Matthew Grant said the A-Level results followed another set of outstanding BTEC results earlier in the summer when Priestley saw a 100% pass rate in all Extended Diplomas.

“We are very proud of the Class of 2017, they have delivered a tremendous set of results with numerous individual achievements that really stand out,” he said.

“What is pleasing is the success has come across a variety of subjects, everything from the Sciences to Modern Foreign Languages, to English, Computing and Performing Arts.”

Students achieved 160 As and A*s and an impressive 68 students achieved a triple Distinction* in their BTEC results.

Among those who were celebrating was former Lymm High School pupil Sophie Jones whose two A*s and A guaranteed her place at Durham University studying Psychology.

“I want to work in mental health and a career helping people,” she said. “I honestly can’t believe my results today, I had no idea I would do as well as I have.”

Friends Elizabeth Goodrick and Isobel Oldland could not stop smiling as they achieved exactly the same results in the same subjects.

They were both happy to collect a triple Distinction* in Art and Design and an A* in A-Level Photography. Elizabeth and Isobel are now heading to the Manchester School of Art for an Art Foundation course.

“One day I want to run my own fashion business,” said Elizabeth.

Focusing in on Barclays’ employees

TWO students who turned their cameras’ focus onto employees at Barclays have unveiled a photographic montage at the bank’s Knutsford headquarters.

Elizabeth Goodrick and Isobel Oldland, both former Lymm High pupils, were given a live brief by Barclays as part of their A-Level Photography course at Priestley College.

They were asked to represent diversity in technology in their images, which they used to create a huge mural that now adorns the wall in one of the buildings at Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke (BTCR).

“It was an extremely proud moment for them both to see the mural and wonderful to know everyone visiting Barclays will see their work,” said Paul McConnell, Assistant Curriculum Leader of Art & Design at Priestley.

Both students impressed tutors across a range of artistic disciplines and excelled in Photography as well as BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Priestley College.

Their challenge from Barclays was to explore the concept of digital diversity and reflect that in their images.

“The mural is a great representation of the diversity of our colleagues here at Radbroke and, by utilising our ongoing partnership with Priestley College, we were also able to demonstrate the local young talent of Knutsford and the surrounding area,” said Site Executive Graham Bastin.

Elizabeth and Isobel are continuing their studies at MMU Art Foundation and hope to study a fashion-related BA at a prestigious London institute.