Nescot Childcare students were rewarded for their hard work at an evening ceremony on November 2 to recognise the outstanding progress made over the last year.
‘We’re looking for the whole package,’ said Early Years Tutor Janet Graham, ‘Not just getting A*s, but taking that knowledge out on work placements and applying it – doing the job well,’ she said.
For Emma Benstead, 17, from Tadworth, who was named Student of the Year in her group, it was the reaction of her family that really helped the news to sink in.
‘My father was so excited and when my brother winds me up I look at him and say, ‘Who’s the award winner?’. It’s been great,’ she said.
Fellow Student of the Year winner Gemma Wiltshire, 17, from Sutton, was also thrilled to be presented with her award by her tutor.
‘I think I was shocked and pleased at the same time,’ she said.
The awards come as Nescot enjoys a dramatic rise in its ranking in the latest government figures, giving it the highest overall success rates among further education colleges in the area.
For Emma and Gemma, who are now studying for their Level 3 Diploma in Childcare at Nescot, winning the awards has brought home to them how far they have progressed since joining the college.
‘I didn’t find school particularly easy and never thought of myself as academic,’ said Gemma. ‘Getting the award has inspired me to work as hard as I can. The course has given me confidence in what I want to do in my career. We worked with a charity to take children with Ataxia-Telangiectasia to Chessington and I realised that I don’t want to be in an educational setting. I’d rather do something that brings that sort of happiness to kids’ lives,’ she said. If you want to find out more, visit Nescot’s Open Evening on Wednesday 23rd November, 5.30pm to 8pm.