A BUDDING primary school teacher has been named Student of the Year at Leamington College.
Sophie Duckett, 18, was also named Early Years Student of the Year and is planning to return to the college to continue her development as an Early Years practitioner.
More than 120 people, including staff, students, parents and guardians, were in attendance at the seventh annual Further Education Student Awards – the first time it has been held physically in three years.
A total of 47 awards were presented during the evening, which also saw students from Warwick Trident College recognised for their achievements.
Sophie, who lives in Coventry, has spent time during her course on work placement at a range at schools and nurseries, including working at Walsgrave Academy and Kids Planet.
She has now completed her Level 3 Early Years course with the college, and is set to embark on a Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Early Years at Leamington College in September.
Sophie said: “I was so shocked to find out I’d won Student of the Year. I still didn’t realise it was me even when they were reading out my citation.
“I’ve always wanted to work with children and love the idea of teaching them too. I thought this course would be perfect for me and my future career.
“I’d like thank my tutors for their support. I wouldn’t be where I am now without them.
“My plan is to stay at Leamington College for my Level 4 in Early Years. After completing my education, I would love to be a primary school teacher. Teaching young children would be amazing”.
Rosalyn Lambert, Head of Department, added: “Sophie is an excellent all-rounder. She is reliable, committed, personable and, above all, produces the highest quality of work.
“She has an outstanding attitude to learning and is continually seeking to grow her knowledge and experience. The feedback she received from her industry placement was excellent.
“It has been a privilege to teach Sophie. We are all proud of what she has accomplished and know she will continue to flourish and succeed in Higher Education and beyond”.