Students from Stoke on Trent College took to centre stage at a glitzy gala to celebrate their outstanding achievements this week.

The Celebrating Success awards ceremony, took place at Stoke on Trent College’s Live Nation Centre for Media and Performing Arts, to honour students for a range of accomplishments, including the highly regarded Student of the Year awards.

The evening indluced several special student accolades; Students of the Year Awards, STAR Award for Outstanding Contribution, Star Award for Achieving Despite Difficult Circumstances, STAR Award for Outstanding Sports Person, STAR Award for Higher Education Student of the Year, 2 x STAR Award for Apprentice of the Year and STAR Student of the Year.

Guests from across the Staffordshire and Cheshire region, including key figureheads and businesses, celebrated with the students on the evening.

They were joined by Chairman of Stoke City FC and BET 365, Peter Coates who encouraged everyone to always set their goals of achievement.

Mark Whittaker, Director of Marketing at Stoke on Trent College, said: “Each year Celebrating Success allows us to recognise and honour learners who have gone above and beyond during their studies at Stoke on Trent College.

“As in previous years, the number of entries we have received from tutors nominating learners for their outstanding skill, dedication and achievement, reflects the high level of commitment shown by students right across the college.

“Not only have we read nominations about inspirational learners who have battled adversity, but also those who have put fellow students first, going above and beyond in the community.  We have also had nominations for students who have achieved success at the highest level in national competitions.

“We are incredibly proud to be able to celebrate their achievements and put them in the spotlight on this special evening.”

The 2017 event was sponsored by a number of prominent local businesses including, Choices Housing Association, Lesniak Swann Marketing Communications, FWB Products, The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate, and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.