‘College turned my life around’

Elland Hill with awards host, BBC TV presenter Steph McGovern and BTEC ambassador Sharmadean Reid
Elland Hill with awards host, BBC TV presenter Steph McGovern and BTEC ambassador Sharmadean Reid

Bridlington’s Elland Hill has been named BTEC Art and Design Student of the Year - completing a turnaround in her education experience.

Having been written off at school and labelled as a troublemaker, she has won a prestigious university scholarship at Manchester Met to study fashion design and will head there with the national accolade under her belt.

She picked up the award at Central Hall in Westminster last week, after her ‘passion and dedication’ impressed a panel of more than 50 judges.

Elland said: “Before coming to East Riding College I had lost all faith in the education system due to having such a bad experience at school.

“When coming to college I didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as I stepped through the doors I knew this was the place for me.

“I had the freedom to develop my own style and the opportunity to work on creative industry related briefs. I was excited about education again, and ready to face the challenges that came with each project.

“I am so overwhelmed to be awarded BTEC Student of the year for art and design, and I am proud I can represent East Riding College, and show the amazing opportunities that come with studying a BTEC.”

Bethanie Jacob from East Riding College said staff were thrilled for Elland.

She said: “We are ecstatic that Elland has won such a prestigious award. She is a fantastic student and an ambassador for East Riding College. It really shows that with hard work, determination and self-belief you really can achieve anything.”