Two Aughton sisters are celebrating graduating from Edge Hill University with First Class degrees.

Annabel (BA Hons Early Childhood Studies), aged 24 (above left), and Holly Lewis (BA Hons Sports Management and Coaching), 22, both former students of Ormskirk High School, have taken significant steps to pursuing successful careers in their chosen fields. Their proud mother, Amanda, said:

“Myself and their father, Steven, are extremely proud parents. With hard work and determination, they have both achieved First Class degrees and deserve every success.”

“I was never very academic throughout my education and never considered going to University, convinced that it wasn’t for me and that I wouldn’t do well”, admits Annabel. Having studied ICT at college and then pursued an apprenticeship in Business Administration, alongside working full-time in an office, her future appeared to be mapped out – but she wanted more.

“It was clear early on that this was not the career path I wanted to take. Having been surrounded by young children within my family and been a part of their development, it inspired me to want to work with children and to be able to help children.”

Having Edge Hill University on her doorstep proved a key factor in her decision to change career paths – and continued study.

“The Early Childhood Studies degree has given me the opportunity to embark upon a Primary PGCE course, which I am carrying out at Edge Hill next year, as I am aspiring to be a Primary School Teacher.

“This degree gives students many opportunities to work with young children, whether that be Social Worker, Early Years Practitioner or a Primary School Teacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed my degree and I am excited to start my teacher training at the University in September.”

Holly, who graduated a day before her sister on Tuesday 23 July, has been firmly enshrined within her chosen pursuit since Primary School, when she participated in the Lancashire School Games.

A member of Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton Athletics club at the age of 12, Holly competed and trained regularly at The Sports Centre. She said:

“I always wanted to go to University and pursue sports and knew all about the high-quality facilities here.”

Inspired by her health-related modules, she is particularly grateful for the guidance provided by Andy Smith and David Haycock – while her dissertation subject (mental health promotion and awareness) is aimed at helping her find an opportunity within the health sector, a process which is currently ongoing. Holly said:

“The degree gives students the opportunity to work with children and adults when coaching. It gives you an insight into working alongside stakeholders and covers a variety of modules ranging from health to business.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it gave me the opportunity to go back to my college (KGV) to present a presentation on my course and experiences at University to encourage students to go to Edge Hill University.”

Annabel added:

“Studying at Edge Hill has enabled us both to drive one another to do well. It particularly helped within our third year when writing our dissertations, as we were able to work together at home and help each other where needed.”

Find out about studying Early Childhood Studies at Edge Hill University by visiting our course page.

More information on studying Sports Management and Coaching at Edge Hill University can be found on this course page.