Award Winning College 2015


The Cheadle College’s Kealy Aylwin wins top vocational education award at the while the C&M College Network is runner-up in ‘College of the Year’ category.


The Cheadle and Marple College Network, comprising of The Cheadle College and Marple Sixth Form College, is celebrating double success in the National BTEC Awards.

In this year’s competition the Network was voted runner-up in the Outstanding BTEC School/College of the Year category while as Kealy Aylwin, from The Cheadle College, won Outstanding BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year. The awards took place on at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

The competition, which celebrates achievement in the country’s most widely taken vocational qualification, is run by Pearson who own BTECs. Pearson received over 800 nominations across the 20 award categories for this year’s Awards.

Mark Anderson, Managing Director, Pearson UK said, “The National BTEC Awards are an opportunity for us to shout from the rooftops not just about the winners, but also about the achievements of BTEC students, apprentices, teachers, schools, colleges and training providers up and down the country.”

“At a time when the value of vocational learning at school and college is continuing to be robustly debated, we believe the example set by our Award winners is part of a growing body of evidence that clearly demonstrates their valuable contribution to both the education system and the broader economy.”

Jenny Singleton, Principal and Chief Executive of The Cheadle & Marple College Network said: “I’m delighted that we have been recognised as an outstanding provider of BTEC qualifications nationally, and this is a testament to both the quality of teaching and the practical workplace experience we offer at both our colleges.

We believe that all our students, both vocational and academic, benefit greatly from our focus on employability and skills, and this accolade clearly reflects that approach. Kealy is also very worthy winner of this award, and she is a great example of how a taking a career-based course can lead you into your dream career from an early age.”

While studying at The Cheadle College last year, Kealy achieved a triple-starred distinction BTEC Level 3 in Travel and Tourism. She also undertook a number of other vocational courses and study units linked to the travel industry, including Aviation Operations and An Introduction to Cabin Crew, and enjoyed a work placement Benidorm with a leading travel operator. Since leaving The Cheadle College Kealy has worked as a Passenger Service Agent with Jet2 Ground Operations at Manchester Airport.

Kealy said: “I am thrilled to win this award. My BTEC has helped me understand so much about Travel and Tourism. It has also given me more self-confidence as well as the determination, motivation and the desire to accomplish my ambition of becoming Airline Cabin Crew.”

The National BTEC judges were impressed by Kealy’s passion for the travel and tourism industry and her drive to achieve her career ambitions. They praised her high levels of commitment and motivation and the valuable work experience she gained during her BTEC, which has set her on the path to achieving her ultimate goals within travel industry.

“It is vital to support and celebrate the hard work and achievements of outstanding BTEC students and their teachers. This year’s judges were impressed by the quality and number of nominations we received but Kealy really stood out as a truly exceptional student”, said Mark Anderson.