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BTEC Awards 2020

Meden Year 11 student Sophie Booth has been awarded a Bronze prize award in this year’s BTEC Awards. Nominated by her teacher, Mrs Zaccardelli, Sophie was chosen from nominees from around the world to receive this award for all of her hard work and dedication to her studies of BTEC Art & Design.

The BTEC Awards are organised by the education company Pearson and are in their tenth year. In the UK and further afield, BTECs have helped generations of learners from different walks of life succeed and prosper. The class of 2020 thrived in unprecedented circumstances so their success should be acknowledged and celebrated. Because of COVID this year’s awards were held online for the first time.

The 2020 BTEC Awards comprised of 17 categories and was hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC Ambassador, Flex, with awards presented by Double Olympic Gold medallist Max Whitlock as well as actress and former BTEC Drama student at The BRIT School, Kellie Shirley. The expert panel of judges made up of Pearson’s senior leadership team, journalists and external experts, carefully considered the nominees before deciding on the winners. 

Sophie has worked incredibly hard throughout her BTEC Art & Design course, spending many hours perfecting each piece of work. When asked why she nominated Sophie for this award, Mrs Zaccardelli said “I nominated Sophie because of her passion for the subject and her determination to be the best she could be. Sophie epitomizes the school ethos of 'Work Hard, Be Kind'. She was always meticulous in her work but also found the time to help others in her class. I am so proud of what Sophie has achieved in Art and wish her all the best for the future.” Sophie was very proud to receive the nomination and when she found out that she was to receive a Bronze Award she was absolutely thrilled, "I have really enjoyed studying BTEC Art & Design as it has taught me to have determination and patience and to never give up. My teacher, Mrs Zaccardelli has been really supportive and helped me to develop my skills with different styles and using different materials. I feel very honoured to have received this award."

Speaking on behalf of the school, Headteacher Mr Smith said "we are all very proud of Sophie and all that she has achieved. To have been presented with such a prestigious award is a massive achievement for both Sophie and the school. Our students work very hard and for this to be recognised by one of our students receiving an international award is a very proud moment. Well done Sophie!"

Our Year 11 Virtual Art Exhibition is now available on our website. Please have a look at their amazing work

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