Saluting the next big student achievers

Former Winstanley students Phil Breen, director at the RSC and Laura Barton, journalist and feature writer for The Guardian, were on hand to present Alumni Awards to exceptional students Megan Partington and Georgia Heapy
Former Winstanley students Phil Breen, director at the RSC and Laura Barton, journalist and feature writer for The Guardian, were on hand to present Alumni Awards to exceptional students Megan Partington and Georgia Heapy

SUCCESSFUL former students of a Wigan college passed on their congratulations to current youngsters at a celebration evening.

Ex-Winstanley College students Phil Breen, who is now director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Laura Barton, journalist and feature writer for The Guardian were on hand to present two Alumni Awards to exceptional students Megan Partington and Georgia Heapy.

Megan, 18, an ex-Fred Longworth High School pupil took an active part in the Gambia Schools Project while at Winstanley and her chosen degree is international relations. Georgia, 17, who attended Orrell St Peter’s High, has 11 A*s at GCSE and her degree will be Japanese studies.

Principal Louise Tipping said: “The awards evening is a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements of just a few of our students. Some have excelled academically; some have demonstrated outstanding sporting prowess while still others have overcome significant personal challenges or contributed much to the wider life of the college. Thanks to all parents and families for the support they give which is vital to the success of our students. And of course, we recognise the ceaseless care and hard work of Winstanley staff in ensuring that our students have a chance to shine.”