Awards celebrate Student Success at Stoke on Trent College

A man retraining to be a nurse, a mum of three who was told she would never do well at school, and a sports student who has won a basketball scholarship to the US, are just a few of the students who were awarded at Stoke On Trent College’s annual ‘Celebrating Success’ awards event on Thursday 20th June.

Students and their families joined staff, employers and invited guests at the ceremony, which saw the college’s Sports Academy at Cauldon campus transformed into a glittering event venue for the evening.

Ruth Smeeth MP will speak at the event, which will be hosted by sports student Caitlin Cooke alongside the college’s head of student services, Dave Hopley.

Dave Hopley comments: “We are immensely proud of all our students at Stoke on Trent College. This awards ceremony gives special recognition to those who have found new levels of self-belief, achievement and endeavour through applying themselves to their learning and making the most of all the support available – both from the college and from our partnerships with employers.”

Sponsors of the awards include Wade Ceramics, Lesniak Swann, ICWCI, Intu, Carlton Caterers, and Port Vale Football Club.


See below for full list of awards winners:


Faculty Student of the Year (English & Maths) sponsored by intu Potteries: Lisa Roberts

Lisa has shown a strong desire to learn during her maths course, completing Level 1 to a high ability and then immediately going on to achieve her Level 2 maths qualification.

She arrived on this course with a lack of confidence in her maths knowledge but quickly proved to herself and those around her that with commitment and determination, she is capable of much more than she realises.


Faculty Student of the Year (Construction, Engineering & Motor Vehicle) sponsored by ICWCI: Aime Wood

Aime has proved herself an inspiration to all women in STEM subjects, successfully managing a full time course alongside caring for her mum. Her impressive attention to detail and active participation in classes have helped her to become a studious, keen and diligent learner.

Aime is on target for a D* overall and aspires to attend University or a higher Apprenticeship.


Faculty Student of the Year (Creative, Digital and Service Industries – Digital) sponsored by Lesniak Swann: Masoud Mohammadi

Masoud is an exemplary student who has shown great commitment to his course and is a pleasure to work with thanks to his punctuality, positive attitude and willingness to help others.

Masoud’s career aspiration is to become a Pharmacist via an Apprenticeship, after recognising that he would need a Level 2 in maths and English, he wasted no time in dedicating time outside college to achieve these goals alongside college enrichment activities. Thanks to his determination, he has already achieved his goal of obtaining a Pharmacy Apprenticeship.


Faculty Student of the Year (Creative, Digital and Service Industries – Creative) sponsored by Lesniak Swann: Aiden Lee Heames

Aiden has truly excelled in his final year of Level 3 Graphics & Digital Imaging, despite some personal hurdles along the way. For his final project, Aiden took charge of designing and producing all promotional material for the Performing Arts production of Chicago – organising models, photoshoots and documenting rehearsals.

Aiden’s talent has not gone unnoticed by outside providers, in May he was awarded a high commendation in The Young Photographer of the Year competition, organised by The Rotary Club.


Faculty Student of the Year (Science, Health and Sport): Darren Smith

Darren has stood out from the beginning of his part time Science evening course for being enthusiastic, upbeat and determined. Attending college after a full shift at work is no mean feat, but Darren has taken this fully in stride and has leapt at every opportunity the college has offered.

His positive attitude turns every science topic into a study adventure for the whole group, providing peer support sessions on a regular basis through social media and small group learning meetings within his own time.


Faculty Student of the Year (Foundation Studies): Andrei Cojocaru

Andrei joined us in September on our ESOL course quickly proving himself as a diligent and active student, managing to complete his course ahead of schedule by taking on extra work.

Not satisfied with one qualification, Andrei turned his talents to an Entry 3 Qualification which he managed to complete by Christmas, and then went on to complete his Level 1 ahead of schedule! Andrei has proved that with determination and hard work, he can achieve anything he sets his mind to.


Faculty Student of the Year (Foundation Bridge Academy): Annaliese Ballard

After struggling to cope in the mainstream school environment, Annaliese joined our Foundation Bridge Academy and was able to benefit from our multiple extra support facilities.

Since then, Annaliese has achieved 10 different qualifications and counting, managed to get her attendance to above 85% and learned the value that education has in achieving her long term goals of developing her skills to eventually work for UNICEF.

Annaliese recognises that her hard work and the support she has received from us have enabled her to plan her future career, and has applied to continue her post 16 studies with us.


Faculty Student of the Year (Employability Skills) sponsored by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce: Nicole Brown

Nicole has proved throughout her Level 1 IT qualification and her Skills for Further Study in Business, Administration and Law course that she has what it takes to succeed. Despite an early lack of confidence, Nicole quickly realised she had the relevant UCAS points to apply and receive an unconditional offer for her dream University course in games design.

Nicole has grown enormously in confidence during her time at the college, gearing up to complete her course to a high standard whilst overcoming barriers put before her.


Faculty Student of the Year (Employability Skills Princes Trust) sponsored by Staffordshire Chambers: Katie Purcell

Katie began the Team Programme in September 2018 after a challenging few years in order to rebuild her confidence and find some direction – it’s safe to say she achieved these goals!

Her passion and motivation lead to her becoming the Fundraising Officer for the group, taking responsibility for charity events and managing to raise a massive £952 through a number of sponsored events – as well as achieving all three qualifications available at the highest level. Thanks for her hard work at a day nursery whilst on the programme, Katie received an apprenticeship offering created specifically with her in mind.


Achieving Despite Difficult Circumstances, sponsored by Wade Ceramics Ltd: Bethany Clarke

Beth has overcome a number of significant personal challenges since starting her Health and Social Care Level One course this academic year.

Mentor support was put in place to ensure that Beth had a working support system to keep her motivated and build confidence whilst on her college journey.

Despite her personal issues, Beth has proved herself an exceptional student, growing in confidence, maintaining good attendance and completing all work to an extremely high standard – even being nominated for best practice within her class group.


Contribution to the College, sponsored by Carlton Caterers: Antoni Sadula

Public Services Student Antoni has worked tirelessly throughout his time at the college, participating in a range of activities and responsibilities that positively benefit the college community. These include becoming a Student Council member, a Student Governor, participating in student interview panels and representing the college as part of the Challenge South Africa team.

During his time in the Challenge South Africa Team 2019, Antoni raised additional funds to ensure the group could distribute food parcels to those who needed it most whilst in Africa. He displayed a mature outlook and interacted impeccably with everyone he met whilst in Africa. On his return, Antoni produced an excellent video that was shown to the Executive Board, the College Corporation as well as being featured on the college social media pages.

Antoni is an inspiration and an asset to the college. His ambition, passion and positivity will be sure to take him far.


Institute of Sports Performance, Student of the Year, in memory of Oliver Marshall: Benjamin Tew

Ben is an outstanding sportsman who has come a long way in his development during his time with us at Stoke on Trent College. As an integral part of our Institute of Sport, Ben has excelled under the guidance of Hoop Skills Head Coach and former Harlem Globetrotter, Shawn Jamison.

Ben played an instrumental role in bringing Stoke on Trent College to attend its first ever AoC National Championship – a competition we have subsequently won two years running. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, Ben has received a full scholarship to attend Midlands Jr. College in Texas, USA.


Special Endeavour Award: Lucas Gratty

Lucas has done incredibly well at showing determination and team work since joining the Ability County Football Team. He hasn’t let his dyspraxia slow him down, putting 100% effort into every football match and training session – earning him the nickname Lucas Bolt!

Lucas has grown in confidence through this programme and has proved to himself that he can do whatever he sets his mind to.


Apprentice of the Year (Service Industries), sponsored by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce: Jasmine Lowe

Jasmine is an apprentice at Denstone Hall Farm Shop, quickly become an integral employee, described as keen, self-motivated and committed whilst on shift, as well as using her 20% off the job training time to manage bookings for the company’s newest function offerings.

Jasmine has gone above and beyond her role, suggesting new ideas for the website and pre-booking system, working on marketing and advertising for the business, and helped develop new bakery products with dietary requirements and costings in mind. She has also excelled in her training and assessment tasks, completing all work to an extremely high standard.


Apprentice of the Year (STEM), sponsored by Wade Ceramics: Chloe Sales

Chloe is an Apprentice at TP Engineering and has worked exceptionally hard this year to achieve her full Diploma with 3 Distinctions, 2 Merits and a Pass, a result of her ambition and hard work.

As well as these achievements, Chloe has also proved herself an inspiration for women in STEM by giving her own time to visit schools and work at our regular open evenings, highlighting the opportunities a career in engineering has for everyone – especially women.


Student of the Year, sponsored by Wade Ceramics: Sibgha Amin

Sibgha has received this prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding achievements during her time at Stoke on Trent College. During her full time Health and Social Care course, Sibgha has dedicated a considerable amount of her own time running charity events throughout the year.

A particular success for Sibgha was the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea to raise money for All Saints Church which raised over £500 and was attended by the Lord Mayor and Local MP’s, as well as organising a Harvest Festival and collecting produce for a local foodbank.

Sibgha also supports fellow learners with their emotional, social and educational difficulties within her role as a Peer Mentor, striving to support those around her however needed.

In addition to Sibgha’s extensive extra-curricular activities, she has maintained an excellent 94% attendance and completed all her work to a high standard by required deadlines. Sibgha is an asset to the college and a perfect example to all learners of how to conduct yourself in and around college.

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