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Lymm High fashion students creating history

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FOUR Lymm High School Sixth Form students are creating history after receiving offers from the prestigious London College of Fashion – ranked as the second best fashion university in the world!

The successful applicants are Ellie Turner, Hattie Lofthouse and Alfie Chambers who applied to study Fashion Design Development, with Izzy Barnes being offered a place on the Fashion Contour degree course.

Currently ranked as the second best fashion university in the world, it is an amazing achievement for the school to have so many students securing offers after their interviews.

The four aspiring fashion designers are making history, being the first from the school to be offered places at the esteemed university after staying on to study the BTEC Level 3 Fashion and Clothing course. The course was added to the post-16 curriculum offer in 2014 after noticing a lack of provision for the subject within the North West.

Applicants were initially requested to upload digital portfolios to showcase their design ideas. This led to the four being shortlisted to attend a formal interview for which they had to provide a second, more extensive portfolio of their work.

Throughout the application process students were supported by the school’s Art staff, acting as referees and mentors with specific support provided by Miss Doherty, Head of the Technology & Art Faculty.

Mrs Doherty said: “I am immensely proud of them all. They have shown an exceptional commitment to their studies and we are so proud to see them being rewarded for their hard work and preparation. In the fashion industry, most aspire to gain a place at the UAL and to have four applicants receiving offers underlines the quality of our programme of support.”

The four are now focusing their attention on their final projects, creating a 10 piece fashion collection for the school’s upcoming fashion show which takes place Wednesday, May 3.

Student Alfie Chambers, who has an interest in designing sportswear said: “I’m completely overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of receiving an offer.”

“It has been such an intense process and now all of the hard work has paid off.”

“I cannot thank the staff at Lymm enough for encouraging and supporting me throughout the application process.”
Mum of student Ellie Turner said: “As a mother of Ellie I’m thrilled that she has been accepted to such a prestigious institution as the London College of Fashion. I’m so very proud of her achievements and eternally grateful for the support her teachers, especially Mrs Doherty, have given her”

Headteacher, Gwyn Williams, added: “Huge credit must go to the students involved, as well as to their teachers; this is an extraordinary achievement and we are delighted for everybody involved.”

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An example of work by Hattie Lofthouse

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