Students’ achievements celebrated in awards ceremony
14th March 2014 1:26pm - Return to press releases
Outstanding achievements were recognised this week at East Riding College's annual awards ceremony at The Spa Bridlington.
The event saw 36 students, staff and businesses each presented with a glass trophy and a gift voucher after their achievements were read out to an audience of more than 200.
Winners came from all over the East Riding, North Yorkshire and Hull and ranged from younger students in full-time further education to adults who were studying as part of their job.
Stories ranged from those who had simply excelled throughout their course to those who had overcome significant personal difficulties to be successful.
It was the first time the ceremony had been held at The Spa, with the larger venue reflecting the growth in the scale of the awards and new categories for apprentices, employers and staff.
Principal Derek Branton said: "Our annual awards are always a highlight of the year for me as it is when we celebrate the positive influence education and training has on people’s lives and career advancement.
“We heard some truly inspirational stories about students who were on their way to university, were progressing to higher levels of study at the College, had overcome challenges to succeed or had used their learning to benefit their job role.
“All of our award winners are role models for their peers and deserve recognition. My congratulations go to all of them."
Richard Lacey, Chairman of the College's Governors, said: "My fellow governors and I were delighted to hear such wonderful stories of achievement from our students.
"Working in education is very rewarding and never more so than when we see what students can achieve with the support and encouragement of a talented team of tutors."
The event opened with songs by music student and singer-songwriter Mark Rowlands who was followed by the College's Annual General Meeting, in which Mr Branton looked back on a successful 2012-2013 academic year.
This included further improvements in success rates, an increase in the number of 16 to 18-year-old students on full-time courses, a range of curriculum developments and a review of the College's training work with employers.
That was followed by a music, drama and dance piece called “Broken Record”, which was written and performed by the College’s performing arts students.
The awards ceremony was then led by Andrew Wren, Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality, who introduced the student, apprentice and employer awards, with the awards presented by Mr Lacey. The three staff awards were introduced by Barbara Collinson, director of human resources.
Each of the awards was sponsored by a local firm. To see photographs of the award winners, visit www.facebook.com/eastridingcollege
Pictured above are sisters Sophie and Rhiannan Janes, who both won an award.
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