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Date Posted: 02/12/2021 | Posted In: General News, Student News, Women into Leadership

On Thursday 25 November, B6 staff and students were delighted to attend the She Inspires Awards at Bolton Whites Hotel. The awards were hosted by BBC North West Presenter, Annabel Tiffin, and they aim to highlight and celebrate inspiring women trailblazers in Bolton and further afield. Our students Zarah Ali, Emily Harvey, Zaynab Patel and Georgia Platt, who are all members of the Women into Leadership Programme, were fantastic ambassadors. Led by Alexia Shipley, Progress Tutor, they ensured that the event got off to a smooth start. The students enjoyed meeting local dignitaries and even had the chance to chat to Annabel Tiffin who said it was great to meet such enthusiastic students.

Zarah, a former Mount St Joseph learner who is studying A Level English Language, History and Psychology and our Student Council President, Georgia, were both finalists for the ‘Young Achiever of the Year 2021’ award. Georgia, a former Tottington High learner now studying A Level English Literature and History with Vocational Performing Arts, was delighted to win the ‘We are Orange’ grant. Georgia was nominated for her all round exceptional efforts at The Sixth Form. Georgia was recently crowned as winner of the ‘Young Achiever Award’ with Soroptimist International – Bolton, she takes part in ‘B6 Women into Leadership’ events, is an ambassador and helps with all charity events, has created poems for Black History Month, created ‘Women in Society’ podcasts, the list goes on! Well done Georgia, an inspiration for all!

Carole Swarbrick, our Vice Chair of Governors, was overwhelmed to win not one, but two awards – winning the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and ‘Woman of the Year’ awards; Carole is an inspiration to our students and a real champion of our Women into Leadership programme. Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Linda Thomas, commended Carole saying “congratulations Carole, well deserved for everything you have achieved over many years”. Carole, a previous Mayor herself, grew up in Hartlepool and her parents owned a dairy. After studying economics, she worked as a teacher with most of her career spent teaching in special education. Carole was a Councillor for Smithills Ward from 1996 to 2019, appointed Mayor of Bolton for 2015-2016 and appointed as an Honorary Alderman in 2019.

Commenting after the ceremony, Carole said “the SheInspires award night was very special not just for me personally, but for the wonderful students who also enjoyed the evening. The students who volunteered to assist the guests were a credit to the college and of course congratulations to Georgia Platt who won an individual award. Well done.”

Congratulations once again to Georgia, Carole, all finalists and winners on the evening. Our staff and students had a fabulous evening celebrating and can’t wait to attend again in 2022. Find out more about She Inspires here.

Photo credit for centre image below to Mustafa Desai: