A student at Bishop Burton College has been named the best in her subject area in the country.
Animal management student, Chloe Rochester has beaten off tough competition from hundreds of other hopefuls to be named ‘BTEC Land-Based Student of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony held by accrediting body Pearson.
The category in the BTEC Awards 2019 included students who study subjects such as agriculture and equine, as well as animal management.
Chloe, 17, impressed the judges with her passion for working with animals and helping other people.
She has been juggling her studies with working in a dog rescue centre and a riding centre. As an adopted child herself, she also works as a volunteer at the Adoption Council to help other young people.
Chloe, who was nominated for the award by her course tutor, said she was overwhelmed to win and explained: “I just love working with animals and it is something I’m really passionate about.
“There are lots of routes I can go down but for me, it is more than a job, I just really want to help.
“Outside of college, I do my best to help others whenever I can. I was adopted and I try to help others who have also been adopted, in particular.
“I just feel it is important to help others if you are able to – and that includes animals and people.”
Clare Chaffe, head of animal management at the college, said: “We are all so proud of Chloe.
“She works really hard and always puts others before herself. Chloe is an example to other students and her award is richly deserved.”
Bishop Burton, near Beverley, was itself named a ‘silver award’ runner-up in the national BTEC College of the Year category, after scooping the top prize in 2017.
A number of other students at the college were also named as runners-up in their individual subject category, including;
- Miriam Salameh – BTEC Engineering Student of the Year
- Jordan Jackson – BTEC Land-Based Student of the Year
- Georgia Tinnion – BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year
- Aimee Londesbrough – BTEC Art and Design Student of the Year
In addition, Olivia Sowersby received a ‘bronze award’ in the BTEC Child and Social Care Student of the Year category.