Learners from The JCB Academy Sixth Form received gold awards from HRH The Duke of York on Wednesday, 30 January during this year’s Duke of York Award for Technical Education ceremony at St James’s Palace.
The award recognises the success of learners who have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. It reflects the unique specialist education young people receive at technical schools and colleges which offers academic, technical and practical learning. Nomination for the Duke of York Award for Technical Education is based on successfully completing a process of work experience placements, academic achievement, and development of workplace skills together with a rigorous assessment interview.
Congratulations to all our award winners: Benjamin Acton, Hamzah Ashraf, Edward Cureton, Joseph Grosvenor-Collis, Ben Harland, Jacob Murrock, Jonathan Payne, Oliver Welch and Alice Warbrick. They all completed their Duke of York Award whilst studying at The JCB Academy Sixth Form. Jacob Murrock from Derby, joined the sixth form in 2016 and gained a distinction in a double award engineering diploma, an A-level in mathematics and a Level 3 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Since finishing his studies at the sixth form, Jacob has gained an apprenticeship at Jaguar Land Rover.
Paul Stanmore, Director of The JCB Academy Sixth Form said: “The Duke of York Award provides official recognition at the highest level and is the culmination of two years of demanding study, engineering work experience, and a rigorous selection process. Presented at St James’s Palace by HRH, it is fantastic to see the Duke supporting the need for engineers and the vital role they play in shaping our futures. I have no doubt that engineers leaving the academy are amongst the best engineering talent in the country and will go on to achieve many great things in their chosen discipline”.
HRH The Duke of York said: “By seeking out University Technical Colleges, you have set yourself apart from others in the education system. Those who make a success of it – as you all have – have a level of self-determination and motivation that means you will move quickly through the ranks in the workplace.”
The photos from the ceremony can be viewed at https://photos.app.goo.gl/P3YPiyqjNLorkcz49