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Hannah Gautrey wins VQ East Anglia Learner of the Year 2015

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Media Level 3 student Hannah Gautrey has won the Vocational Qualification Award for East Anglia at VQ Day 2015.

VQ Day was established by education charity The Edge Foundation to celebrate the success of students taking vocational qualifications. The Foundation believes that these qualifications “deliver the trained, talented employees businesses are crying out for and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.”

Hannah, who also studied A level Film, was nominated by her Media teachers at Long Road Sixth Form College, Barney Oram and Tom Woodcock, for her exceptional work during her two-year course. This year she has already won the BFI Futures Film Festival documentary award for her film The Wooden House and has been shortlisted for a MediaMag award for her animation Loot. The winner will be selected after a screening of all films at the National Film Theatre auditorium in July. Hannah also won a place as a director at the 2015 BFI National Film Academy, and her short film The Last Birthday was screened at BFI Southbank. Last but not least, she has achieved the Gold Arts Award.

This year’s VQ Day award ceremony, on 9th June, was hosted by award-winning garden designer and TV presenter, Diarmuid Gavin, who began his career in vocational education, with a course in Amenity Horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.

Hannah has been offered a place to study Film Production at the prestigious Arts University in Bournemouth.

Photograph: Hannah with Diarmuid Gavin (right) and David Harbourne (Acting CEO, the Edge Foundation)