Excellence in Geography recognised

Amy Bleakley, previously at Bohunt School, received the prestigious Steve Millar Award for Excellence in Geography recently. The award is given to the student who achieves the highest grade in their AS Geography exam. Amy was presented with the Award by Steve Millar at a private ceremony held at Alton College. She said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to be receiving this award. It was thoroughly unexpected so I haven’t had much of a chance to think about what to spend the money on. I think I will probably use it on books and trips to prepare for university.’

Amy aims to study Physical Geography at the University of Exeter, Birmingham, Sussex, Leeds or Royal Holloway. The course includes a year of study abroad in the third year where she hopes to go to Australia.   

After teaching in Alton College’s Geography Department for nearly 30 years, Steve Millar, the award’s namesake, wanted to leave an annual accolade for a student excelling in Geography. He did this collaboration with the independent charity ‘The Alton College Foundation’ and he returns to College each year to present it. He explained: ‘The award has specific requirements for the student to have gained the highest marks and be progressing to A2. Receipt of such an award at the end of the first year going into the second year seemed like the most helpful point in the student’s education and will hopefully be helpful in taking their interest in Geography forward to a higher level.’

The Alton College Foundation is an independent registered charity which rewards effort and excellence amongst students. There are two schemes, Scholarships for Excellence and the Development Fund.Trevor Heley Managing Director of the Alton College Foundation was at the presentation. He said: ‘I’m delighted to see Amy receiving the Award. She is such a conscientious student who is a great ambassador for the College, Geography and the Foundation. She was awarded the Alton College Foundation Alumni Scholarship for Geography last year. It’s great to see Amy is continuing to develop as an exceptional student.’

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photo l-r: Steve Millar, Amy Bleakley, Trevor Heley, Fiona Webb (Teacher of Geography)