Current KGV Student, Amy Magill, was recently recognised for her excellent achievements at KGV College in light of difficult circumstances, at the Inspire! Adult Learning Awards. The event, organised by the National Voice for Lifelong Learning (NIACE), celebrates the inspirational achievements of learners and recognises the tutors and teams that have helped these students change their lives for the better.

Amy, nominated for the Young Adult Learner Award, enrolled on a BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services at KGV in 2012 in an attempt to build both her qualifications and confidence after suffering from domestic violence. As a young single parent living independently, Amy was forced to juggle the demands of motherhood, studying and looking after her home. With the support of subject teachers, KGV councillor Alison Wiggins and family worker Nicky Tinsley (Linaker Children’s Centre), Amy has flourished under adversity and is projected to achieve a triple Distinction* (equivalent to 3 A* A Levels) in her BTEC course.

Amy commented, ‘I never thought I would walk out of KGV with a triple Distinction* but I will and I want others in similar situations to know they can do it too. Often young mums get a bad reputation but I feel I am a good role model to single mums and have proved that you can go far no matter what negative opinions are out there.’

Amy now hopes to go to University and complete a degree in Child Health and Wellbeing. Amy aspires to become a nurse or social worker in the future, to allow her to help others in the same way that she has been supported over the past few years. 

College Councillor, Alison Wiggins, commented, ‘Amy is extremely resilient and her positive attitude has allowed her to rise above the problems she has faced in the past. She has a strong work ethic and her high level of motivation is an inspiration to others.’

Congratulations Amy!

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