Barrow-educated Patrick Tumelty, who is a senior associate at the prestigious Herbert Smith Freehills, will be the guest speaker and present the prizes at the College’s awards on December 15.
Mr Tumelty, who studied A levels at the College before doing a law degree at Warwick University, has enjoyed a career rising through the ranks of the leading global law firm.
"I have very happy memories of my time here and well recall the high quality of teaching that I received and the encouragement that was shown to me,” he said. “It is clear that students at the College continue to benefit from the same high standards today, and I am confident that this will stand them in good stead as they begin to make their way in the world."
Mr Tumelty, who was also a pupil at St Bernard’s School, will visit the College before the awards to speak to students who are considering a legal career to help demystify the different strands of the profession, types of law firms and the career options that are available.
He said: “Today's students are perhaps better informed than I was, but I suspect most would benefit from speaking to somebody who has gone through the whole process and hopefully I can provide them with a few useful pointers.”
There are more than 50 prizewinners – from across Barrow, Dalton, Askam, Ulverston, Broughton and Millom – who received their results in the summer, including those that have gone on to start careers with local employers, many of whom sponsor the awards. This year the College has also decided to award prizes for AS level after the students achieved grades beyond expectations.
Principal David Batten said: “We had a stunning set of results in the summer with a 99 per cent pass rate at A level and our AS results rank in the top ten per cent nationally for progress from GCSEs. Both were well above the national average for sixth form colleges so those collecting awards tonight really are the crème de la crème.
“It is particularly pleasing to welcome Patrick this year because our law department was among the best in the country for its value added performance and it tops off a year where we were rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted, including outstanding for our law teaching.
“The awards are testament to the high quality of all our staff who care, work hard and always go the extra mile for the students. We’d also like to thank our sponsors who make this celebration possible.”
The awards take place on Tuesday 15 December from 7pm and, following the ceremony, the winners will be joined by fellow students for a reunion in the dining area from 8.15pm.
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