Two trainee teachers have told how studying at Prior Pursglove College inspired them to achieve a career in the profession.
Dean Nicholls and Enrik Shabani are currently completing their PGCE placement and have returned to Prior Pursglove College to teach Psychology and Sport respectively.
Former teachers have commended their exceptional progress and believe they are fantastic role models for students who do not necessarily achieve their full potential in school.
Kim Lambert, Deputy Faculty Manager at Prior Pursglove College, said: “Dean and Enrik are an inspiration to any young person who thinks that their opportunities are limited by the GCSE grades they achieve at school. They are prime examples of how much can be achieved through determination, hard work and perseverance.”
Dean joined Prior as a student in 2007 with two passes at GCSE. He started a foundation programme, determined to be able to study Psychology A-level. His hard work paid off when he passed his resit maths and science courses, progressing to study Applied ICT, Applied Science and Psychology after just one year. Dean secured CDD grades in his final exams, and an all-important place to study Psychology at Teesside University.
Enrik followed in a similar vein, having achieved three passes at GCSE. He passed his resit programme and progressed to study Level 3 BTEC Sport, achieving Distinction grades across the board. After completing a degree in Sports Therapy, he began a career in physiotherapy before realising his true ambition lay with teaching.
Dean said: “I was inspired to follow the teaching career path by the passion shown by teachers during my time at Prior.
“I’d not necessarily had the best time at school, but at college I saw what a difference great teachers can make.
“I am fascinated by Psychology; it’s an incredible discipline which can allow you examine human behaviour in minute detail. I look forward to sharing my interest in the subject with future generations.”
Enrik said: “I looked up to my college mentors, people like Luke, Chris, Ali and Steve, who were such a positive influence on my education.
“I hope my time working in the sports industry will really benefit college students; sharing my real-world experiences and getting students ready for their next step.”
The college currently has six trainee teachers being mentored by experienced staff.