Nescot College invited hardworking learners and their families to attend a glittering evening awards ceremony in the Diomed Room at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Friday 4th February, to reward them for their contributions to both the college and the community.
Over drinks and canapÃ©s, families and friends gathered to watch as learners, nominated by their tutors, were presented with an engraved Silver Star Award by MP for Epsom and Ewell Chris Grayling.
For Metropolitan Police Training Officer and Nescot Distance Learner of the Year, Patrick Broom, the evening was a chance to meet, in person, those he’d worked with for over 5 years.
‘The staff have been wonderful so it’s very nice to meet them at last. I’m absolutely gobsmacked, chuffed to bits and delighted with the award,’ said Patrick, who has been taking courses like Conflict Management and Health and Safety with Nescot since 2005.
‘The college has done so much for me it’s them who should be getting this, not me,’ he said.
The Nescot Star awards recognise those learners who are felt by the college to have surpassed expectations. These awards recognise more than simply the academic contributions of the learners and reflect the college’s commitment to producing well-rounded adults and meeting the needs of the local community.
For Trevor Hayter, attending with Adult Skills Learner of the Year Christine Hayter, the event was quite an eye opener.
This was unexpected. I came to Nescot myself 13 years ago and the ethos of the college has totally changed. Its very student focussed now. What stands out is the rapport between tutors and students. It’s been a very enjoyable evening.’
With every department having the opportunity to reward their hardest working student, the awards built up a cross section of the young talent and commitment at work in both Nescot and the local community.
Special awards were also given to the Nescot World Skills computing team and Apprentice of the Year Sami Ally, while Public Services student Belinda Melville took the Principal’s Prize and Sports student Sarah Lewis was awarded the Governors’ Prize.
The crowd was also entertained by Magician Ryan Cunnow, Nescot’s own Performing Arts students with an extract from the Carmina Burana dance production and 15-year-old singer songwriter Elenya Daley.
The evening was wrapped up with a Vote of Thanks from student Adrian De Souza and a speech by Principal Sunaina Mann, whose leadership saw the college recognised as Outstanding in eight key areas during its Ofsted inspection last year.
For Sunaina Mann, the whole day had been one of the highlights of the year.
‘This day is very special, a chance to recognise the hard work put in by the students, their families and the staff here at the college. It is an immense privilege to be a part of that success and I feel happier about our future in these uncertain times, knowing these are the young people who will be building our country’s future,’ she said.
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