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The Tom Chesser STEM Award

GPUTC students Zack Durrant and Adam Lawes are the first students to receive the Tom Chesser STEM award.  

The winners of the inaugural Tom Chesser STEM Award have been announced at Greater Peterborough UTC. The award, named after GPUTC alumnus Tom Chesser who was an outstanding trainee engineer who sadly lost his life in 2019, celebrates those students who show a real aptitude for Engineering along with having an outstanding record of engagement and enthusiasm during their time at GPUTC. 

Due to the lockdown affecting leavers’ celebrations in 2020, 2021 is the first year that we can honour the first recipients of the GPUTC Tom Chesser STEM award.  

The recipient of the Key Stage 5 award for 2021 is Zack Durrant (who studied BTEC Diploma in Engineering, A Level Maths and A Level Physics).  GPUTC’s Head of Sixth Form, Charlotte Kennedy praised Zack for his: ‘consistently high levels of engagement and application in both Engineering and A Level Physics. Zack is remarkably talented with an aptitude for problem solving. Zack demonstrates an excellent approach to all concepts in all units of Engineering. His outstanding effort and quality of work will make him a highly sought-after Engineer of the future.’  

Zack intends to take all that he has learnt at GPUTC to study for a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Spacecraft Engineering at Southampton University. 

The recipient of this award for Key Stage 4 is Adam Lawes. Head of Year 11, Sean Alldread, congratulated Adam for being: ‘a highly engaged student who has been praised across all subject areas and has consistently shown a real desire to succeed and an ethic of excellence in all that he does. In Engineering he has consistently worked hard resulting in excellent results in both the coursework units and theory exams across both Manufacture and Design courses. He has all the qualities and determination to succeed in his chosen career path.’ 

Adam plans on returning to GPUTC in September to study A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths. 

GPUTC Principal, Mr Bisley, stated ‘Tom joined us in 2016 in Yr10 and initially completed his GCSEs. In Year 11, Tom notably won the Yr11 Engineer of the Year award. Tom then moved into our 6th form, before starting a highly sought-after apprenticeship with one of our employer sponsors, Baker Perkins.  To honour his legacy and the promise that he showed within the Engineering field, the award that he won in Year 11 has been renamed ‘The Tom Chesser STEM Award’.  

The award was kindly donated to us by one of our employer sponsors, Z Tech. Baker Perkins also contributed a £50 voucher towards the recipient of the award.