Picture of Lillie Mae15-year-old, Lillie-Mae, has gone from strength to strength since becoming a student at St Helens College 14-16 Academy. Not only has she exceeded her predicated target grades, but she’s also secured a well-deserved placement with St Helens College’s Ofsted Outstanding nursery.

Lillie-Mae, from Newton-Le-Willows, joined the Academy after struggling with the restricted lessons and limited support she received at her previous school. She wanted to attend a school that was focused on her studies, but also provided a friendly atmosphere, a place where she could progress and obtain the grades she really wanted to achieve.

Commenting on the support she has received at the 14-16 Academy, Lillie-Mae said: “The other students are all so friendly. It was easy to make new friends and settle in with such a welcoming environment. The teachers always go the extra mile for you, not just academically but personally. They are always making sure I am on track with my studies and providing support if I need it.”

When Lillie-Mae is not working hard in the classroom, she is committed to her role as a student ambassador, where she regularly provides support at open evening events and taster days. She is passionate about introducing new students to St Helens College 14-16 Academy and ensuring they are all settling in well.

Upon leaving, Lillie-Mae dreams of a career in the childcare sector, and has her sights set on becoming a Nursery Nurse. She currently studies on the Education and Health Services industry pathway alongside her GCSEs, where she secured an amazing placement opportunity with St Helens College’s Ofsted Outstanding nursery.

Speaking about her placement, Lillie-Mae added: “I have loved every minute of my placement! I was able to assist the children with day-to-day activities during play time and lunch time. I am looking to progress on to a childcare apprenticeship once I leave, so this experience will look great on my application.”

Lillie-Mae is now working towards completing her GCSEs, with aspirations to progress onto St Helens College to study Childcare.