Holly is one of UK’s outstanding students

Holly Roach is College Council president at Priestley College and was recently named one of the UK’s outstanding students in state education.
Holly Roach is College Council president at Priestley College and was recently named one of the UK’s outstanding students in state education.

A SIXTH former from Priestley College has been chosen as one of the UK’s outstanding students.

Holly Roach, who is the College Council President at Priestley, was honoured at the awards staged by Pure Potential and financial services firm UBS.

The honour recognised her academic achievements as well as the contribution she makes to the Warrington community including as a young leader with the Brownies, involvement with the Scouts and as a Kumon Maths and English teaching assistant.

For Holly, who achieved three As and a B in her AS-Level exams, volunteering is a family tradition dating back to her great, great grandad Evelyn Roach who was one of the early Scout leaders.

“We have pictures of my great, great grandad when he organised a scout camp on a train that went through England and Scotland,” said Holly, who is 17.

“I hadn’t realised before, but maybe the volunteering side of my life can be traced all the way back to him.”

Teachers, parents and peers nominated almost 300 young people in state education to be considered for one of 50 Outstanding Student awards.

Holly was nominated by Mark Salmon, a senior tutor at Priestley College, and attended a ceremony and workshop in London where she also met staff from UBS staff.

Holly’s service in the community follows a family tradition dating back to her great, great grandad Evelyn Roach who was one of the early scout leaders.
Holly’s service in the community follows a family tradition dating back to her great, great grandad Evelyn Roach who was one of the early scout leaders.

Judges had been impressed with the time the former Bridgewater High School pupil dedicates to 5th Appleton St Matthew’s Brownies where she has helped for three years.

“I went to the same Brownie group and there was an older girl there who I always looked up to so I wanted to do the same for the younger brownies,” she said.

As a Kumon teaching assistant she helps pupils aged between two and 18 and still finds time to study her Biology, Chemistry and Maths A-Levels as well as the Extended Project at Priestley College.

She also has to fit in 30 minutes exercise every day to help her cope with scoliosis, a condition which causes her spine to bend to the side.

“We are so proud of Holly and all her that she has achieved so far,” said Priestley College Principal Matthew Grant.

“She is a credit to her family, college and to Warrington as well as a great role model for her peers.”

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