John Sleigh Chemistry Award

Ashley BakerA gifted science student at Solihull Sixth Form College has been recognised for his achievements in Chemistry this week, after being chosen by his teachers to receive the John Sleigh Award.

A former Grace Academy student, 18-year-old Ashley Baker (from Marston Green) is in his final year of A level study in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at the College. He has excelled in all three subjects, but has a particular interest in Chemistry.

He explains:

“I chose to study A level Chemistry as I had always enjoyed the subject at school and wanted to gain a deeper understanding. My Chemistry lessons at College have been engaging and inspiring and have allowed me to develop my fascination with the subject and appreciate its importance in everyday life. After College, I am hoping to study Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.”

This dedication for the subject has shone through with his teachers and Chemistry Curriculum Leader Hilary Woodward has had no hesitation in putting Ashley forward for this annual award.

She commented:

“Ashley has commitment, enthusiasm and an aptitude for Chemistry; a combination that has placed him among the top-performing students. He holds himself to the highest standards; and has made impressive progress towards his career ambitions.”

The John Sleigh Award was set up in memory of a dear former colleague and rewards effort and improvement. John Sleigh was a Chemistry teacher at the College in the past, and this award takes into account progress from GCSE through to A level.

Chemistry students will soon be able to benefit from a brand new building. A new Science and Study Centre has just been completed with excellent facilities for Chemistry (see image at the top of the page).

5 June 2020