Nescot College celebrated the success of its students with a glittering awards ceremony, highlighting the very best in talent and hard work.
The cream of the year’s intake were invited with parents, friends and their tutors to enjoy a glass of fizz and lavish buffet while luminaries from the world of education spoke about the importance of their achievements to the nation’s future.
Guest speakers Sue Baldwin, the Department of Innovation Universities and Skills Director of Young People’s Participation and Attainment spoke of the vitality and creativity of students in FE colleges, while Marinos Paphitis,Regional Director of the Learning & Skills Council, praised Nescot students achievements and looked forward to their bright futures.
Media Student Jessica Vaughn, who was nominated for her consistent hard work and high achievement, was delighted with her award.
‘It’s lovely to have your hard work recognised like this. I know it’s for my future but it’s nice of the college to do this too,’ she said.
The ceremony comes after Nescot celebrated its best ever year for student achievement and services to the local area. The Ewell College, which has been at the heart of the community for over 50 years, has made no secret of its determination to achieve the distinction of being labelled an Outstanding College by Ofsted.
Principle Sunaina Mann explained just how far the college has come in the last four years, ‘To put it in perspective, four years ago we were in the bottom 10% of colleges across the country. Now we’re in the top 10%.’
The 2008 performance tables for the local area also show how students taking A-level equivalent courses at Nescot do better in their examinations than those at local school sixth forms or other colleges, with Rosebery School coming in at a close second.
Nescot’s transformation has been reflected in the rising demand for places. Last year many applicants were disappointed as popular courses filled up. Staff, anxious to avoid a repeat this year, are urging students to get their applications in early.
Ruth Hurst, Head of Advice and Guidance at the college warned, ‘If you know what you want to do it’s important to get that application in to us. Once the course is full you have to wait another year to reapply, there’s nothing we can do.’