Congratulations to Emily Brierly – our ‘Student of the Year’

Greenhead College has an excellent record of success at the British Education Awards, winning the ‘A Level Student of the Year’ category for the north of England three years in succession.

We were hugely disappointed to hear that this year’s awards ceremony had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as we had nominated a superb candidate in Emily Brierley, who we hoped would win us the award for the fourth year in a row!

Undeterred, we decided to present Emily with our own ‘Student of the Year’ award. 

Emily left Greenhead in the summer of 2020 with A Levels in Philosophy, Religion & Ethics, Psychology and Sociology.  She is a Youth Ambassador for the Mindfulness in Schools Project and has used this as a platform to promote mindfulness to young people.  During her time in College, Emily devoted her time and energy to developing and delivering mindfulness to College students.

Emily said:

“I have always been passionate about helping others by using the tools which have helped me so much. Mindfulness is something that is so important, especially for young people and so to bring this into Greenhead College was an exciting opportunity for me.

“It’s an absolute honour to receive this award and it means a lot to me that I was able to make an impact upon the College and the students there.”

College Principal Simon Lett said:

“As the British Education Awards aren’t running this year, we thought we should find a way to commemorate Emily’s impressive achievements.  This award is richly deserved and Emily has an amazing future ahead of her.”

Emily is currently studying Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.  

Sociology Students Treated to Bespoke Criminology Conference

On Thursday 14th March 39 Sociology students attended a bespoke Sociology/Criminology conference at Leeds Beckett University.

The day was filled with interesting and interactive sessions which the students enjoyed thoroughly. As part of the activities, they played a research methods game designed by the University students which involved designing their own research project. The lecturers were really impressed by the knowledge that our students already had on research methods.

In the sentencing session, they had to come up with both mitigating and aggravating factors involving a real life criminal case and then guess the real length of sentence given. In addition to this after deciding what the sole purpose of a prison should be in their opinion, they got to design their very own jail!

Students also looked at Psychology and Criminology analysing an ambiguous crime scene with the big question ‘who did it?’ They also had the opportunity to ask student ambassadors about the courses they were studying and their life at University.

The students were engaged and did the College proud with their keen interest and knowledge of Sociology. It was a really useful day out looking at contemporary Sociology with plans already forming to visit next year.