Photo 1 BTC A Level Student receives John Biffen Award web
Euan receives his award, with his parents and representatives of Old Morganians - president Bryan Lancastle (second from left), chairman Bill King (centre) and Brian Scott (far right).)

Bridgwater and Taunton student receives John Biffen Award

EUAN Barton, an A level student at Bridgwater & Taunton College, has received a prestigious award established by Old Morganians in memory of a former Conservative Cabinet minister.

The John Biffen Award was established in 2008 by former students of Dr Morgan’s Grammar School (now Haygrove School), and is presented to an outstanding student in History, Politics or Economics.

John Biffen was born in Combwich near Bridgwater, and after studying at Dr Morgan’s earned a scholarship to Cambridge University, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in history.

He would go on to serve as MP for Oswestry for more than 35 years, holding high offices in Margaret Thatcher’s administration. He became Lord Tanat in 1997 and died in 2007.

The award winner receives a cheque for £100 as well as a copy of Lord Biffen’s autobiography as part of the prize.

Exeter University

Euan, of Mark, studied A Levels in Economics, Maths and Physics at BTC, achieving grades of A*A*B before progressing to the University of Exeter to study Economics.

BTC A Level Economics lecturer Sabrina Schmidt said: “Euan was an exemplary student and always engaged in discussions. He confidently led revision sessions and demonstrated a great sense of humour.”

Course Leader Matthew Smith said: “Euan is the 12th recipient of this prestigious award. I would like to thank Old Morganians for their ongoing commitment to celebrating student success, and I wish Euan well in his future endeavours.”

For more information about studying A Levels and other courses at BTC, visit or go along to the Bridgwater campus open event on Wednesday, January 19.

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