Aspiration Awards

Don't just imagine, make it happen


Behind every success, there is aspiration.

Our Aspiration Awards are about honouring the success of young learners and we believe that success can look different for everyone. Whether that’s achieving a distinction through a never before seen way of presenting work or a pass against all odds, we want you to help us recognise learners who have had the imagination to dream big and the determination to see it through.


Winners of 2019 Aspiration Awards

 Mark Miles

Mark Miles, a Prison Officer and former learner at Ashfield Comprehensive School, has been awarded Learner of the Year in our Aspiration Awards, following the completion of his vocational qualification in Uniformed Services.

Mark is an inspiring young man whose personal circumstances were stacked against him. Having lost his father in 2011, Mark acted as a carer for his mother who has rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease whilst at school and continues to do so. These obstacles didn’t prevent him from excelling in his qualification and quickly securing work.

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Tiarney Calder

A pupil at Wilson Stuart School, Tiarney Calder, has been awarded the Learner of the Year in the new ‘Against All Odds’ category in our Aspiration Awards. An inspiring individual, with a determined spirit and incredible drive, Tiarney is a deserving winner of the Learner of the Year – Against All Odds award.

Tiarney has limited mobility and can only move her head, relying on two nurses to be with her to look after her medical needs at all times. Currently a Year 11 pupil, Tiarney finds producing work very tiring and absorbing information difficult, but she is dedicated and never gives up.

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Roisin Moran

Roisin Moran, a CACHE student at North West Regional College (NWRC), has been awarded Highly Commended in the Learner of the Year category in our Aspiration Awards, which honours learners who are using vocational qualifications from NCFE or CACHE and making positive improvements to their lives.

Roisin’s infectious enthusiasm for learning and position as a leadership figure within her class, makes her an inspirational young woman with a bright future ahead. Despite previously struggling with mainstream school, Roisin is now excelling at NWRC using the Level 2 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development from CACHE and has aspirations to become a Play Therapist.

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Keeley Crompton

Keeley Crompton, learner at Chorlton High School, has been awarded Highly Commended in the Learner of the Year - Against All Odds category in our Aspiration Awards.

Suffering from mild scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, Keeley’s education was initially held back by her physical health along with a lack of ambition. Her engagement with secondary education has improved year-on-year, going from 56% attendance in Year 7 to 96% in Year 11. Keeley and her teachers believe this is due to a positive change in mind-set, which has helped her confidence and motivation to grow immensely, especially since beginning the Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery.

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