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We are very proud to announce that Abigail Welch in Year 12, Ben Manning and Steff Smith in Year 13, have all received the highly prestigious BBC Pride of Somerset Award!


There are only 7 of the awards given out each year, so to have 3 of our students chosen is fantastic. The students were nominated for the following:

Abigail Welch was nominated by her Head of Year for the way she’s dealt with a really tough time starting her A Levels; but she didn’t let that stand in her way academically and personally. She’s a spokeswoman for the College, she raises money for charity and she helps out with younger students in their lessons.This award recognises the fantastic young woman she is.

Ben Manning was awarded this because he managed to deal with some really tough times, in such a positive way. Ben’s father died from a very rare form of cancer in 2014; and Ben now gives young people emotional support as a mentor, helping them find coping strategies to deal with their own tough times. Ben is a great role model to other students at the College and has worked tirelessly fundraising and supporting others. He is a valued member of the College student leadership team and has recently done a sky dive to raise money for Dorothy House and Alzheimer’s UK amongst his many triumphs.

Steph Smith has been a volunteer with British Eventing for more than 10 years; and she stepped into the spotlight recently to lead a team of over 100 fence judge’s last minute at Blenheim Palace. Alongside that she also cares for her mum; and also volunteers as a presenter at Radio Frome FM. Steph was nominated by Matt Sims, who said “Steff is an absolute credit to her parents, school and teachers”. Steph received her award from Ian Ramus, President of Taunton Rotary Club, organisers of the event.

Our congratulations go to all 3 students for such an outstanding achievement!  They are fantastic ambassadors for young people, and we wish them all every success for the future!

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