Hannah named Further Education Student of the Year at Warrington Guardian Schools Awards

A Dancer from Warrington Collegiate, described as an ‘exceptional student with a bright career ahead of her’, has been named Further Education Student of the Year at the inaugural Warrington Guardian School Awards.

Hannah Pinnington, who has just completed her Performing Arts Dance Extended Diploma Level 3, was handed the prestigious title at a glittering awards ceremony at the Village Hotel in Warrington on Wednesday.

She was presented the award by Victoria Boulton-Clarke, Assistant Principal at the Collegiate for Employer and Commercial Services.

Hannah was nominated by her tutor Sindy Richardson, who also attended on the evening.

She said: “Hannah’s nomination was easy to write, she is an exceptional student with a bright career ahead of her. I was so proud to have been with her and her family when she received the award, which was well deserved.

“Hannah doesn’t follow the crowd and came to the Collegiate to study dance when most her friends went to a local sixth form college. Hannah was driven by the training offered at the Collegiate which is vocationally and industry focused, and is now progressing to Shockout Dance Academy to study Professional and Commercial Dance.”

Hannah’s mum Cath said: “What an amazing adventure Hannah has had at Collegiate and a truly lovely, supportive family. She has adored her time there and has learned valuable skills and experience which will help her in her future career in Dance. Thank you to all the staff and we are so proud of Hannah’s hard work and determination.”

Hannah has been an outstanding student from the moment she auditioned for her place at the College. She has shown 100% commitment to her studies both practically and theoretically.

As a member of Company Boom – Warrington Collegiate’s resident dance company – Hannah has performed on many platforms both on internal and external events, the most prestigious being a curtain raiser in 2015 at the Pyramid Arts Centre for the tour of the dance company 12 Degree’s North and being selected to perform in U Dance – the national platform of dance that celebrates outstanding Youth performance.

Hannah has also represented the college on many internal events including open evenings, interview evenings, auditions and performances, and most recently performing at the Wire FM Educational Awards.

As part of the Professional Training Programme in Dance here at the Collegiate, the students are required to enter choreographies into a competition which is judged by industry experts. In her first year Hannah won Silver with her solo Contemporary choreography and in her second year not only did she win the Bronze with her group Contemporary piece she won Gold with her Urban choreography.

Hannah takes part in many external enrichment activities including ballet classes and she is also a member of the Fusion Dance Company, where not only are there training dance students but also professional dance artists within the company.

Michael Smith, Head of Creative and Digital Industries, said: “I have considered it an honour to have taught Hannah over these many years and have witnessed a massive growth in her dance abilities and confidence since being at the Collegiate. We need to watch out for her as I have every confidence she will be a professional dancer in the future.”