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Richard Amos (right) receives his award from Phil Beadle, with other prizewinners
Richard Amos (right) receives his award from Phil Beadle, with other prizewinners

Internal News - 18 October 2007

Summer school pupil wins national award

A college pupil who attended this year’s Aimhigher Summer School at the University of Bath has received a top award at the first national Aimhigher awards.

Richard Amos, from the National Star College in Gloucester, was named as the Most Inspirational Student Success Story in recognition of his exceptional character and organisational skills.

Aimhigher is a national programme which aims to widen participation in higher education by raising the awareness, aspirations and attainment of young people from under-represented groups. It is run by the Higher Education Funding Council for England with support from the Department for Education and Skills.

Ross Williams, lecturer and Aimhigher & Citizenship Coordinator at the National Star College, said: "Richard has participated in a range of Aimhigher activities, all of which needed input from Richard himself. He has shown a great deal of character and organisational skills to cater and prepare for all his needs. He has shown so much courage and determination to make this happen.”

Richard received his award from Phil Beadle, Teacher of the Year 2004 and star of TV's The Unteachables, and said: "I'm thrilled to get the award and determined to go on into higher education."

Over 100 school pupils from across the south-west attended this year’s summer schools held in July. The scheme offers academic taster sessions and social activities designed to introduce the young people to life as a university student. For more information contact Stephanie Gan, Widening Participation Officer, on 3554 or email