Michael’s top prize

Michael Higgins
Michael Higgins

LAST month he was top of the class in Newton High School’s last ever GCSE results.

And now Michael Higgins, 16, has been awarded the prestigious John Vardy Award - as well as £200 towards the ongoing cost of his education.

Michael, now a student at Winstanley College, collected five A*s and three As at the end of his GCSE year, as well as all A*s in his ICT diploma.

He’s now studying towards A-Levels in maths, further maths, physics and computing.

The John Vardy Award is won by a final year high school student from Newton every year - based on their overall academic performance, as well as their contribution to school life and the community.

Michael said: “It’s a privilege to be picked by the school for this award. The money will be very useful!”