British Education Awards 2019; Ballyclare High pupil reaches UK final

By Ballyclare High School on 31 January, 2019



Ballyclare High pupil reaches UK final, Britain’s best students to be crowned in Manchester

Ross Blackbourne, a Sixth Form pupil at Ballyclare High School will join students from across the country will converge on Manchester this January to find out if they have won a prestigious education award.

Now in its third year, British Education Awards (BEA) celebrates the academic and extracurricular achievements of students in the UK.

Seventy-six candidates are shortlisted at BEA 2019, with the winners due to be announced at an official ceremony on 31st January, at Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

Awards will be presented to winners in five regions, including England (divided into two zones), Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; and within four categories – GCSE or Scottish National 5, A Level or Scottish Advanced Higher, Vocational and Degree.

Special Achievement Awards will also be presented to specially selected students in recognition of the exceptional challenges they have overcome during the course of their studies.

Students are also judged on their extracurricular responsibilities, which may be anything from running an after school club and volunteering in the community, to dedication to sports and the arts.

This year organisers are thrilled by the diversity and calibre of the finalists, who have demonstrated excellence in subjects ranging from computer science and medicine to engineering, hairdressing and textiles.

British Education Awards is a unique event as the only national award to shine a spotlight on individual student attainment and has to date presented awards to 47 winners, with many more students shortlisted for their outstanding achievements.

At BEA 2019 organisers are delighted to have the support of Royal Air Force as sponsor of the Vocational category for a second year running, while industrial gas company Air Products also returns as A Level and Special Achievement sponsor. International education charity Al-Habeeb Foundation will return as sponsor of the Degree category.

British Education Awards organiser, Amin Chowdhury said: “This year’s British Education Awards Finalists have shown an admirable level of focus and dedication to their studies, invariably balancing demanding timetables of external activities alongside their official curriculum to achieve incredible academic results.

“We are extremely proud to be able to honour them at the third British Education Awards and hope that, as BEA Ambassadors, their example will encourage others to make the most of the education and learning opportunities available here in Britain.”

Dr Rainey, Principal of Ballyclare High School said, ‘Our school is extremely proud of the manner in which we blend academic achievement with opportunities for involvement in an extensive extra-curricular programme that extends to include the wider community here in Ballyclare. Ross has been very successful indeed, displaying academic excellence alongside a fulsome commitment to the wider life of the school and local community; it is an absolute pleasure to commend him on such an accomplishment.”


Notes for Editors

  1. British Education Awards (BEA) is a not-for-profit organisation which has been established to promote excellence in British education by celebrating student achievement with the aim of inspiring the pursuit of learning. For more information, visit
  2. BEA winners are Ambassadors for British education and by highlighting these success stories BEA promotes the merits of a British education on both a national and international platform.
  3. Follow British Education Awards on Twitter at @BEAawards, on Facebook at britisheducationawards, and Instagram at @british_education_awards.
  4. For finalist please visit
  5. For individual student info please visit