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Aspiration Awards 2023: V Cert Pupil of the Year – Mia Reynolds
The V Cert Pupil of the Year category recognises an exceptional learner for their work, either within their qualification or in relation to a particular project related to their studies. This year’s winner is Mia Reynolds of Ullswater Community College, who is studying for our Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care.
An empathetic pupil, Mia is able to see the world from other students’ perspectives and develops compassion for others. In the words of the Head of Child and Health Studies at Ullswater Community College, Emma McCormick: “Working in health and social care requires a special kind of person. Mia undoubtedly applies the 6 Cs of health and social care practice to her Year 11 studies, and to her life!”
So, what exactly are the 6 Cs? ‘Courage’ and communication’ are the first two – Mia always speaks up where she needs to and communicates strongly with different people in various situations.
‘Competence’ is next, and Mia always works hard to apply her knowledge and skills to her studies, acting in a responsible manner so that other students can be influenced by her and follow her example.
Fourth is ‘commitment’, and Mia is described as going above and beyond what’s needed to expand her understanding of the subject, consistently handing in assignments at distinction level throughout her course and asking questions in her studies to grow her knowledge.
Finally comes ‘care’ and ‘compassion’, which she demonstrates through her responsibilities beyond her studies as a school leader.
Encouraging an environment of inclusion
Being recognised as a school leader has given Mia the opportunity to help other young people to find their voices, to participate in decision-making in their education setting, and to understand their rights and responsibilities as members of the school community.
Further to this, Mia must demonstrate qualities in this role to maintain an atmosphere of friendliness, peace, discipline and unity in the school. Her teacher continues: “Mia is such an asset to her school community. As well as being a model student who has shown herself to be an honest, hard-working, and personable individual, Mia is an active participant in all classroom discussions and activities, encouraging an environment of inclusion for all other students as well.”
By demonstrating perseverance and resilience in all aspects of her Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care, Mia is on track to achieve above her expected grade. This is a credit to her drive and ability to make her personal and academic responsibilities encourage other students to work harder and strive for more.
Emma finishes: “Sometimes quiet, diligent students can be overlooked when recognising success – which is why I’m nominating Mia for this award. Mia has been a joy to teach, with her love of learning and her enthusiasm for new ideas and for challenges!
Mia said: "I was so surprised and shocked to have won this award, I have thoroughly enjoyed the health and social care course and I’m looking forward to continuing my studies in sixth form!”
Catherine Sezen, Interim Director of Education Policy of the Association of Colleges and judge for this category says: “Mia applies the 6 Cs of Health and Social Care to her study and life – what more is there to say? This approach will serve Mia well.”
Congratulations Mia! To read more inspirational stories from this year's award winners and recipients, visit our Aspiration Awards 2023 page.
V Cert Pupil of the Year 2023: Mia Reynolds
Our V Cert Pupil of the Year winner is Mia Reynolds of Ullswater Community College, who is studying for our Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care.
This year, we introduced highly commended awards including ‘T Level Student of the Year’. The winner of this commendation is Isabel McElhatton from Leeds City College.
Our Support Staff of the Year winner is Amy Yorke of Warrington & Vale Royal College, who has worked tirelessly to ensure learners have the best opportunities in their industries.