Peterlee girl wins BTEC Student of the Year award in London

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A STUDENT has won a major national award.

Kirsty Fishwick, from East Durham College, beat hundreds of competitors to be named Business and Enterprise BTEC Student of the Year at the National BTEC Awards, in London.

As part of her course Kirsty, from Peterlee, set up a successful micro business which she still runs alongside her studies.

Easington MP Grahame Morris said: “It’s fantastic that Kirsty outshone the hundreds of other nominations to win this award.

“It is incredibly important to recognise educational excellence, and the National BTEC Awards provide a great platform for showcasing our nation’s brightest talent.

“Kirsty’s family, friends, and teachers should be very proud of her hard work and achievements.”

Rod Bristow, president of awarding body Pearson UK, said, “In our modern economy with ever-changing skills needs, we need practitioners who understand the theory, and academics who can put things into practice.”

In September, Kirsty will join Durham University to study Business and Management.