TWO Bury College students have been shortlisted for the British Education Awards.

Stephanie Moyle and Holly Shadwell reached the final of the prestigious national awards, which identifies and celebrates individuals who have excelled within the British education system.

The pair were among 76 shortlisted candidates who attended a ceremony at Hilton Manchester Deansgate last week.

Although they both missed out on their respective awards, college bosses have described the pair as ‘a true credit to both themselves and Bury College’.

Ms Moyle, aged 24, works as the office manager at Eatock Primary School in Westhoughton, and was shortlisted in recognition of her academic results and extracurricular success within the Vocational category.

The former pupil of Ladybridge High School in Bolton completed business administration and team leading apprenticeships at Bury College.

She said: “I am over the moon to have been shortlisted for this award and to be recognised amongst so many other professionals.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed completing my training through Bury College apprenticeships and training and I am now looking forward to putting what I have learned into practice.”

Meanwhile, Ms Shadwell, a hairdresser and salon owner from Whitworth in Rochdale, reached the final within the degree category of the awards.

The 27-year-old completed her studies at Bury College’s university centre last June and graduated with a first class degree in hairdressing management.

She combined her studies with her own salon launch and is now enjoying the growing success of her business.

She said: “It felt amazing to attend the British Education Awards as a finalist. I am so happy to have achieved everything that I have done through the support of Bury College.”

A spokesman for the college said: “We are so proud that two of our former students were recognised for their exceptional achievements during this year’s British Education Awards.”