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Meet our staff

Our dedicated tutors have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, and will be with you every step of the way during your time at Warrington & Vale Royal College.

Below you will find some of our staff on what advice they would give to their younger self:

 

 

Andy Atkin
Curriculum Leader for Plumbing and Gas

“Think long term. It might sound silly when you’re 16 but think how your chosen qualification will help you build your life. Work hard but enjoy college as you’ll never be 16 again. Grab every opportunity while you’re young, time flies too quickly.”

 

 

 

Scott Surtees
Chef Lecturer

“Follow the career YOU want, you have to enjoy it! If you can get up every morning and smile about going to work, it is the best feeling in the world. You need to have a passion for your chosen career. It’s not an easy ride but you will reap the rewards in the end.”

 

 

 

 

Jayne Fox
Curriculum Manager IT, Gaming,
Media, Graphics & Photography

“Life is a journey, don’t stress too much about the future, just enjoy the adventure. Focus on the subjects that you enjoy. One day you will be getting paid for doing just that.”

 

 

Jordyn Layfield
Enrichment Co-ordinator

“There is only one YOU, learn to embrace your imperfections without the worries of what other people think. Don’t put pressure on yourself that you don’t look like people in magazines, focus on finding out what makes you happy and do more of it. Nothing comes easy, so work hard and keep striving to be the best version of yourself as ‘hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard’.”

 

 

 

Marvin Smith
Business Development Manager

“Say yes to things! Make sure you get lots of work experience, it looks great on your CV and really impresses potential employers. Apprenticeships can be an alternative route to full time study and you get paid whilst doing it!”

 

 

 

 

Nicola Meredith
Director of Marketing & Admissions

“Enjoy the here and now. Don’t spend too much time worrying about what you want to do in the future and put too much pressure on yourself to make a decision. My advice is to chillax and enjoy – it will all work out exactly as it’s meant to in the end.”