New mum Stacey - not even labour put me off my learning!
By DAVID WHINYATES Special Correspondent A MOTHER who took two exams whilst in labour was recognised at Bournville College's annual Student Awards Evening last night. Stacey Kirby, from Kings Heath, was enrolled on a pre-access course when she fell pregnant with her third child. She juggled a full-time course with family commitments and working part-time at the Women's Hospital.
When the time came for Stacey to take her exams, she had to go to hospital to deliver her baby. However, nothing was stopping this incredible lady from achieving her qualification - she took two exams during labour and two after major surgery.
"I don't know how I did it, it kept my mind focused away from the pain, I guess," Stacey joked.
She has now progressed onto an Access to Science course, after which she hopes to go to Birmingham University to study radiology.
"Stacey is an incredible woman, so dedicated to achieving her goal," said tutor Christine Daly.
"Watching her breast feed her baby and then take her exam was truly a magical experience. I'm so proud of her!" Stacey won two awards at Bournville College's prestigious annual event - the Effort & Determination Award and the Principal's Award.
She was joined by 13 other students recognised for their achievements in various categories, including progression, higher education, apprenticeships, contribution to the community and more.
The event, which was sponsored by a number of organisations such as Free Radio, Protocol, Staffordshire University, Bidvest Foodservice, University College Birmingham and European Corporate Wellbeing, showcased the talent that's grown and nurtured at Bournville College each year.
Stacey said: "I am blown away by the recognition I received. I didn't expect to win an award, let alone two.
"I am grateful to my tutors for their support, I never would have done it without them."
Principal Mike Hopkins said: "We are proud of you all. You have each been on a different journey, but you have all shown commitment and dedication to your studies.
"I am sure that you will excel in your future roles and I wish you the very best of luck.