A Level Alumni Receives Queen’s Award

From a Queen’s Award, to an invite to the Royal Wedding, former Bury College student Saeed Atcha is celebrating extraordinary success since completing his A Level studies.

Saeed completed his A Levels in Business Studies, Media Studies and English Language in 2014 before progressing onto Manchester Metropolitan University. In July 2017, Saeed graduated with a PR and Marketing degree. Saeed believes these A Level qualification equipped him with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to lead an organisation.

During his studies, 21-year-old Saeed managed Xplode Magazine, a publication which gives young people a voice and the chance to develop skills needed for employment. Saeed set-up this publication in 2011 and is very proud to be CEO of the free, quarterly magazine which has over 5,000 copies distributed across Bolton and Bury.

In recognition of all the hard work Saeed had done in his local community, Saeed was one of the very few people to receive an invitation to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Saeed said, “The wedding was incredible and completely magical! I received an invitation because the Duke and Duchess wanted people there who were doing good for young people in the community.”

In addition to running the magazine, Saeed also serves as a trustee for the Prince of Wales Step Up To Serve #iwill campaign, an initiative which promotes social action among 12-20 year-olds. The former Ladybridge High School pupil has also worked on a Government review into making Social Action more accessible.

Saeed added, “My proudest moment to date is when Xplode Magazine received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. I am currently the youngest ever CEO to lead an organisation who has received this award. I’m now on a quest to find somebody even younger and help them get the award!”

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