Jacob Cook and Saber Rahman, Year 13 students at the Bristol Free School, have won gold and silver in the BTEC Science Learner of the Year 2021.

The BTEC awards are organised by the education company Pearson to promote skills and learning in area such as health and social care, IT and computing and engineering. The awards are now in their 11th year, with this year’s competition being held online as a result of Covid restrictions.

“Gold winner Jacob is a trailblazer for his school and one of the school’s first students to take Applied Science, proving himself to be a fantastic role model for others,” said Miss Hawes, Head of Biology. “His forensic attention to detail and scientific rigour means he researches topics in depth. He has become a Science Ambassador for the school supporting learners who are struggling – even creating and running a lockdown science project the whole school could take part in.

“Saber is a compassionate and diligent student, an active member of the school council and has mentored many younger students by assisting in their science lessons. His kind, selfless and caring nature made him a fantastic role model. He has worked immensely hard throughout the sixth form and is an integral part of the part of the school community. He has developed extensive scientific skills and knowledge throughout the course.”