On Wednesday 27th June, Bexhill 6th Form College held its annual Politics, Economics, Business & Law Awards.
The event began with a keynote speech from David Getty, Managing Partner at law firm, Gaby Hardwicke. David explained that he had been associated with the college for many years, as his four children have all studied A Levels at the college before going onto careers in medicine, teaching and accountancy.
The audience then benefited from David’s explanation on the wide range of routes now available for students wanting to begin a professional career. He finished his presentation with the comment:
“With hard work, determination and good research your future really is so bright you’ll be needing those shades.”
The event then moved onto a showcase of talent from each of the subject areas. The Business cohort were represented by two pairs of students who took turns to present a strategic plan and strategy to a panel consisting of Councillor Michael Ensor, former Chairman of East Sussex County Council and current councillor for Bexhill & Battle, Fred Thomas, Business Support Navigator for Business East Sussex, and David Getty. After posing a series of challenging questions to each pair, the panel took some time away from the stage to deliberate before announcing the winners of the competition, which was titled the Gaby Hardwicke Business Challenge.
Edward Leppard and Mitchell Graham were successful in winning. The certificates were awarded by Fred Thomas, who emphasised how impressed he was with the mature and confident manner in which they presented their analysis and recommendations to the panel.
“It was a good experience presenting to professionals from industry.”
“I am now able to present in front of a crowd with confidence. I feel proud of the achievement of winning the business challenge.”
Following this was an equally impressive performance from 4 of our Law students, who performed their ‘Moot’ (a mock trial). Kiera Cappon & Ellie Stan took on the role of the Prosecution Barristers with Malachi Jones and Billy Hall providing the case for the defence. David Getty commented on how impressed he was with the student’s knowledge of the law and their ability to confidently articulate their arguments.
Malachi Jones and Coralie Louis then gave a mature and perceptive analysis of the eventful year in politics, with reference to the UK political landscape and wider global events. Both students delivered in a confident fashion and reflected on the benefit of participating in enrichment events, such as, the visit of Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP and American diplomat, Jessop Taylor.
The final showcase was delivered by Jaisen Jaise, an A Level Economics student, who presented a summary of his entry into the Royal Economic Society’s Young Economist competition. Jaisen delivered a mature and academically robust synopsis on the UK’s poor productivity record.
The event came to a conclusion with the awarding of ‘Student of the Year’ awards for each subject. To be nominated, students had to meet the criteria of an attendance record of above 95% and the achievement of a grade 1 (outstanding) rating for effort and engagement in the three reviews throughout the academic year. Each winner then went above and beyond this initial criteria, displaying a range of outstanding characteristics.
Politics Student of the Year: Thomas Durrant
Economics Student of the Year: Matthew Andrews
Business Student of the Year: Isobel Law
Law Student of the Year: Kirsten Grinstead
Upon receiving his award, Matthew Andrews said:
“Economics has been an enjoyable and fulfilling course, with inspiring and motivating teaching. I’ve had a brilliant experience.”
Isobel Law commented:
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year studying Business. I was so pleased to win Business Student of the Year and I feel that my hard work has been validated. I would recommend the subject to everyone.”
In his closing speech, compère for the event and Head of Section, Andy Pritchard congratulated the winning students and the audience for their conduct and performance throughout the year.
In closing he said:
“It is so important in the 21st Century employment market that in addition to your technical and subject-based knowledge, you develop the skills of effective communication, teamwork and problem-solving that employers hold in such high regard. Well done on your impressive performance both today and throughout the year.”