Young Achievements

Ceremony celebrates young learners’ achievements

More than 200 pupils are set to celebrate their achievements in a special awards ceremony at Stoke on Trent College under the School Partnerships Pre-16 programme.

Under the programme, Stoke on Trent College works with 18 local schools and offers Year 10 and Year 11 students the chance to study at the College one day a week to complete vocational qualifications.

This annual ceremony presents awards in several categories, including to students with 100 per cent attendance, for effort and progress, for special recognition, to the outstanding group of the year and to the student of the year.

Among the pupils nominated for the Student of the Year Award is Discovery Academy student Kyle Griffin, who continued to hobble in to college to complete a course in construction despite an operation which left him on crutches for several weeks.

Kyle is described by tutors as a ‘role model student’ who, ‘leads by example with his positive attitude and respect for others’ and has been accepted onto a full time course at the college for September.

Hotly tipped to walk away with the Special Recognition Award, are school partnerships students Lauren Seiffert and Lucy Thorpe from Holden Lane High School, and Nicole Martin from St Margaret Ward Catholic College, who took first, second and third places respectively at the National Hairdressing Awards held recently at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Kay Phillips, School Partnership Development Officer at Stoke on Trent College, said:

“This year we have some absolutely outstanding students nominated for awards in all categories, and every student will be awarded a certificate of achievement to celebrate and congratulate them all for their excellent efforts. These awards gives students an incentive to do well and really make the most of their time at the College so they are well-equipped to grasp opportunities in further and higher education, and we wish them all well for their future”.

Presenting the prizes along with Carol Jones, Chair of the Board of Governors at Stoke on Trent College, will be Yvonne Kelly, Executive Director of the Burslem campus.

Entertainment is being provided by singer Rosie Radford, a Level 3 Access to Music student whose band (Band Of Gypsies) has recently reached the finals of the prestigious Atom Live national music competition being held at the 02 Academy in June (

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