SOLA Nominees 2012: Achievement in Education

Published On 5 December, 2012 | By Ja'e | Awards, Events, Students/Education
Spirit of London Awards 2012 finalists for the ‘Achievement in Education’ category.

Meet the three finalists for this year’s Spirit of London Awards ‘Achievement in Education’ category. The winner will be announced on December 10th, at the awards ceremony in Greenwich’s O2 Arena.

Fatumata Thiam | Age: 21 | Borough: Redbridge
Fatumata arrived in the UK not speaking a word of English in 2006, since then she has mastered the language and gained GCSEs and A-levels. In 2009 she embarked on a diploma in nursing at Middlesex University. The course was very intense as it included work placement in hospitals as well as the standard coursework submission and studying for exams. With sheer determination and hard work Fatumata completed the course in July 2012 and gained the highest result in her class.

Samveer Parris | Age: 16 | Borough: Lewisham
In October half term of 2010 Samveer woke up paralysed. After an operation, Samveer embarked upon a programme of physiotherapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and blood transfusions. At the end of the year the decision had to be made as to whether Samveer would continue into Year 11 or repeat Year 10. The school understandably thought the latter might be in his best interests but Samveer was determined to continue as planned. Samveer had achieved 4 A*s, 4 As, a B and a C in his GCSEs.

Kerry Saunders | Age: 22 | Borough: Hounslow
Kerry’s mother passed away when she was 14, after suffering from mental health problems and her father lives in Australia, leaving her to become a looked after child in 2006. Kerry had her first child when she was 16 and her second child when she was 20. Kerry desires to become a paediatric nurse and over the last 5 years Kerry has juggled the hard work that comes with being a mother with studies. Successfully completing a HE Diploma in Nursing she has been accepted at university to study nursing in 2013.

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