Highbury College student wins top award in London

TOP LEARNER Johanna Richards with Damian Hinds
TOP LEARNER Johanna Richards with Damian Hinds
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A STUDENT from Highbury College has won a National BTEC award.

Johanna Richards has won Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year at the awards, held in London.

The awards were hosted by Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson, at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London and attended by winning students, teachers, and leaders in education.

Johanna was nominated by her tutor Dominic Thompson.

He said: ‘Johanna is an exceptional student, making time to help peers and involve herself in extra-curricular activities. She deserves this award and I’m happy that her substantial achievements and hard work have been recognised.’

Johanna, 26, is a single mum and initially struggled when she returned to education. She studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Business and has taught sessions on business at primary schools, raised money for charity and attended enterprise conferences in Liverpool and Sheffield.

She said: ‘It feels great to have won the award. I was a little nervous during the ceremony at the House of Lords, but it was a fantastic experience. My BTEC has been beneficial and I’ve gained a lot of business knowledge.

‘As a direct result of being nominated I have already been offered a work placement with an event management team, which is fantastic as I would love to enter a career in that area.’

Johanna was presented with the award by East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds.