Red letter day for former Hodgson student

IT will be a day of celebration or commiseration for a university tutor returning to his former school for a special prize-giving ceremony. Sam Rushworth is the guest speaker at Hodgson’s Year 11 Graduation Ceremony on Friday (8th May).

Tomorrow marks a pivotal day in Mr Rushworth’s career, as he is standing in the General Election as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Blackpool North and Cleveleys. He will learn whether he has won or lost this seat just five hours before he takes to Hodgson’s stage. Mr Rushworth said: “I am returning to Hodgson after 15 years, the morning after the General Election, when I will either be one of Parliament’s newest and youngest MPs or looking for a new adventure.”

Mr Rushworth, 31, was a student at Hodgson from 1995 to 2000 and left with 12 GCSEs. After Blackpool Sixth Form College, he travelled to Canada and worked as a missionary on service projects in France. He has also worked for the British Red Cross and managed the youth service of a disability charity.

Father-of-four Mr Rushworth undertook a post in 2010 at the University of East Anglia to research post-conflict reconciliation in Rwanda, Africa, since the 1994 genocide. This role required Mr Rushworth and his family to live in Rwanda for two years, where he taught at a local secondary school.

Mr Rushworth was selected as the Labour candidate for Blackpool North and Cleveleys in July 2013.

The Year 11 students will be awarded with their Progress Files and various awards during the ceremony in a celebration of their five years at Hodgson prior to the GCSE examinations beginning next week. The event will be followed that evening by the Prom at Village Urban Resort Blackpool.