A Cumbrian accountancy firm has awarded two county pupils their Business Studies Students of the Year.

Rosie Hogg, who goes to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith and Matthew Pattinson, who attends St Benedict's School in Whitehaven, were handed the accolades in recognition of their hard work.

Rosie was nominated by the school’s head of human sciences Allen Martin for being hardworking and conscientious.

She achieved an A in her economics A-level examinations, the highest score among her peers.

The school’s awards presentation was attended by Trevor Iredale, of Lamont Pridmore.

He commended Rosie on her work and drive to succeed.

He said: “It was fantastic to celebrate this achievement with Rosie. She is very dedicated to her studies and has a real passion for the subject, which should bode well for her future.”

As part of her achievement, Rosie was presented with vouchers and a trophy by Lamont Pridmore.

Matthew was presented with the award at a ceremony held at St Benedict's new Whitehaven Campus, attended by Stuart Edger, managing director at Lamont Pridmore’s West Cumbria offices.

Matthew was chosen for the award by the business studies department at the school for his success in his studies.

Paul Charlton, one of the school’s business studies teachers, said: “Matthew was a determined, hardworking and polite member of the class who exceeded his target grade to gain a distinction grade. Even when he found some of the work challenging, he persevered and put maximum effort in."

Mr Edger added: “It was wonderful to meet Matthew and his teachers and learn more about why he was chosen for this award.

"It is clear that he has a real passion for the subject, which is borne out in the amazing results he has achieved.

“We must support and encourage talent, such as Matthew possesses, so that we can create a new generation of business leaders and professionals.”