Principal Suzanne Duncan with Scott Johnson-Clerihew

Scott Proves He's A Bright Spark

Sun, 11/11/2001 - 00:00

Scott Johnson-Clerihew has picked up the Student of the Month award for October following his great work at East Durham College’s Technical Academy.

Scott, 19, from Peterlee, is profoundly deaf and has overcome his disability to integrate with his group on his Electrotechnical Level 2 Diploma course at the Technical Academy in Peterlee.

Scott was overwhelmed at being selected for a Student of the Month award and admits he is very proud of the achievement.

Scott said: “I’m over the moon at being selected for a Student of the Month award. It was a total surprise, I didn’t expect to be put forward by the teaching staff at the Academy for it, I am really proud that they chose me.”  

Scott studied at a boarding school for the deaf in Derby before joining the College and was excited at the chance to be able study closer to home and he loves his course and admits despite his disability he really feels part of the team.

Scott added: “I really love my course at the Technical Academy, a lot more than I expected I was going to - and I love that none of the other students or the staff treat me any differently because of my disability, I really feel part of the team.”

And Gary Cook, a trainer in electrical installation at the Technical Academy, who nominated Scott for the award believes his attitude and commitment to the course will see him pass his qualification with ease.

Gary said: “Scott has a very mature attitude and fits in well with his group, always playing an active role in class.

“He is totally committed to his course and he spends a lot of time outside of college completing his theory work to a very high standard.

“Scott has shown great enthusiasm from the start and through his commitment and determination he is producing fantastic written and practical work, I’m confident if Scott keeps this passion and commitment up he will achieve his qualification with no problems at all.”