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Mr Jones awarded first class honours degree

Mr Jones awarded first class honours degree
Mr Jamie Jones.
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 by C. Freeman

Congratulations to English teacher Mr Jones, who has been awarded a first class honours degree from the Open University. He has been working for his qualification for the past six years, alongside his full time roles at Brooke Weston, firstly as a library assistant and latterly as a trainee teacher.

During his course he specialised in 19th and 20th century literature and Shakespeare. He said: ‘It was great. I loved every minute except for the workload! It has been a long slog and always made me think about the fable of the tortoise and the hare. I have definitely been the tortoise plodding along to get to the end. It is completely the wrong way to do it, I would strongly advise all of our students to go to university and do a full time degree!

‘I enjoyed going back to the 19th century literature and revisiting authors like Austen and Hardy. I first read their books as a teenager, so, coming back to them with a different, more mature perspective allows you to see the multiple layers that I perhaps didn’t notice back then. I also have slept, eaten and breathed nine months of Shakespeare and at the end of it, did the hardest exam I have ever sat.

'When I started I was hoping for a 2.1. I didn’t think I would get a First. It has been a bit surreal. As well as reading I also studied using DVDs, audio CDs and had regular tutorials and online discussions. It has been an amazing journey and I have had to find strategies that worked for me so that I could balance my work and study.’

Principal Trish Stringer said: ‘I am so proud of Mr Jones. He is a wonderful role model as the fact that he has combined a full time job with a first class honours degree is amazing. The most powerful thing about Brooke Weston is that it really is a learning establishment in the wider sense of the word. Not only are our students learning, but they can see that our staff are learning and achieving great results as well.’

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