Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form students put through paces in passing out parade

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Sixth form students took part in a passing out parade at Fenton Manor as part of their Public Services BTEC course.

The second year students from City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College showed off their coordination and discipline by forming up, marching in time and saluting.

Their parade was overseen by Lance Corporal Stewart Hopgood of the Royal Engineers.

They have been training since September for the parade, which was intended to emulate military passing out ceremonies.

They performed in front of their friends and families in the college’s sports hall at Fenton Manor.

Each of the students was given a certificate and a medal, and the best male and female students also received awards.

The students stand ready for inspection

The students stand ready for inspection

The best female drill student was 17-year-old Tylah Jones, who recently raised £1,000 for the Welsh Air Ambulance by climbing Mount Snowdon.

She said: “I didn’t expect it because I did go wrong, I’m not sure if anyone noticed!

“I was dead nervous when we were practising this morning, but then we did alright when we all marched in.”

Tylah has ambitions of joining the military police, and she decided the Public Services BTEC was the best route for her.

The course is designed to give students who want to follow a career in the uniformed public services the skills to do so.

Two of the other drill students were 17-year-olds Sara Woodcock and Melissa Sinfield, who are both enjoying the course.

Sara, from Burslem, said of the BTEC: “It’s a course that you have to go into with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of passion for it.”

Melissa, from Blurton, said: “Confidence is a massive thing you get from it.

“You have to speak in front of people, you have to go and interact with people, which I never would have done without the course.”

Course leader Lacho Kralev, who attended the parade, added: “They do a range of modules on the course.

“They study things like citizenship, government and policies and crime’s effects on society, and they also have more outdoor-based modules.

“They have to show a proficiency in skiing and rock-climbing for example.

“The course will give them a good overview of life in the public services and equip them with the skills and knowledge that they will need.”

See footage from the parade, as well as the views of students and lecturer Esther Brennan, below:

(Additional reporting by Emma James)

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