Students at Nescot were honoured for their dedication and hard work at an end-of-year awards ceremony on Thursday (December 11).
More than 30 students on courses from Performing Arts to Brickwork were given prizes at the college’s annual Further Education awards, with two students singled out for additional awards.
Music student Charlotte Turnbull performed songs by artists including Ella Eyre and Oliver Heldens, as well as one of her own songs, and Nescot governor Professor Sam Luke gave the closing speech.
Performing Arts student Joseph Honey received the Principal’s Prize this year, and Sport student Rosie Weatherhead was given the Governors’ Prize. Both awards were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ewell.
Principal Sunaina Mann OBE praised the calibre of the students who had been successful in this year’s Further Education awards.
“It’s been another brilliant year for our students, who have been working hard, winning awards, overcoming adversity and setting an example to those around them,” she said.
“Every year we’re all amazed at all their achievements, and all the staff enjoy having the opportunity to celebrate their successes with them.”
The awards, held at Nescot, saw teachers across all Further Education subjects nominate a student for an award, with the winners chosen by the Heads of Department.
Animal Studies student Michelle Ashby gave the vote of thanks, and Computing students Shane Carpenter, Anthony Collis and Rogozan Razvan and Media students Zainab Nazir, Pablo Brown-Jennet, Conor Hayes and Jodie Stedman were also honoured for their success at the WorldSkills UK finals last month.
The winning students, together with their teacher’s citation, are listed below:
Animal Studies: Nathan Oliver (nominated by Zoe Brown)
Nathan is polite, friendly, supportive of others and always tries his best. He has a lovely rapport with the animals he cares for. Nathan achieved a Merit for his Level 2 course, and is now taking the Level 2 Apprenticeship. Nathan has learning difficulties and some physical issues.
Apprentice (Advanced): Electrical student Tommy Harvey (nominated by Grant Yates)
Tommy has been consistent during his three-and-a-half years of being an apprentice at Nescot. He has pushed himself and been proactive in arranging work-based assessments, and has helped to motivate the rest of the group. He has really grasped the concept of being an apprentice, and was the first to be put forward for the three-day assessment at Sussex College.
Apprentice (Intermediate): Animal Care student Samantha Simper (nominated by Sarah Cudd)
Sam has overcome personal and professional obstacles which had put her learning and attendance behind and knocked her confidence. She has managed to get back on track with her learning and assessment and has now achieved her apprenticeship.
Art & Design: Jamie Watts (nominated by Jack Stokoe)
In her first year, Jamie co-created the most successful animation project of the year, which she also edited and directed. Her high levels of ability, dedication and hard work meant she achieved a huge amount to take forward to her second year, which she is approaching with maturity and focus. She is capable of producing some of the most exciting and interesting work on the course this year.
Adult Learning: Rory Bannister (nominated by Hazel Lee)
Rory’s goal in the programme is to improve his prospects of getting a job in retail or administration, so he has started a distance learning Employability course and is working towards a maths qualification. He meets regularly with his progress coach, and is a very motivated and committed student, who is determined to succeed. His work ethic is high and he always manages to maintain his sense of humour.
Beauty: Katie Bruton (nominated by Amy-Louise Ventham)
Katie is an excellent student, who always demonstrates a positive and motivated approach towards her learning. This is proven week by week by her excellent attendance and focus during her lessons. Katie has really developed during her course and continues to do so. Her commitment to improving and understanding her subject to the best of her ability is very impressive, especially when faced with areas she may find challenging. Katie is an absolute pleasure to have on the course – she is an incredibly kind and sweet girl, always cooperative and polite towards all her teachers and her peers.
Brickwork: Matthew Ellis (nominated by Keith Russell)
Matthew has been a model student. He is modest, unassuming, enthusiastic and very focussed. He has excellent practical skills and has produced some outstanding work. Matthew has a great work ethic and his attitude is exemplary.
Business: Yasmin Leung (nominated by Diana Noble)
Yasmin is a pleasure to teach. She works hard and applies herself to reach higher grades. In a recent activity she showed she could work under pressure and take control of a situation independently. She always has a smile, and is always willing to help others. Yasmin wants to go to university, where we know she will work hard to achieve the best grades she can.
Carpentry: Richard Moverley (nominated by Matt Croome)
Richard had 100% attendance and punctuality, and was always keen to excel in his practical and theory studies. A very studious young man who set himself high targets, he strived to achieve his goals by working well with staff and fellow students.
Childcare: Daniel Siggers (nominated by Jo Clarke)
Daniel was an outstanding student – incredibly hardworking and dedicated to the course. He received outstanding reports from his placement and was a true role model to other male students.
Computing: Shane Carpenter (nominated by Joseph Hanke)
Shane is an exceptional student who demonstrated drive, passion and determination to fulfil his aspirations of success throughout his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing. In his first year Shane achieved eight Distinctions and one Merit and 100% attendance, and finished his qualification with a final grade of D*D*D*. He also took vendor certification, including Cisco IT Essentials, CCNA1 and CCNA2, Linux Essentials, Cyberoam Network Security and Microsoft Administration. In June he took part in WorldSkills, winning his category at the regional finals for the second consecutive year and reaching the national finals – and this November he won silver in the Network Infrastructure Technician category. Training for the WorldSkills UK finals involved intense training sessions before and after college and work, which Shane did with a smile of his face. Shane gained an apprenticeship with the technology firm Evinox, where he used his networking and programming skills to set up intelligent heating systems for communal buildings around the country. He is now studying a Higher Apprenticeship in Combat Systems Engineering with BAE Systems. Achieving all these goals and participating in such events and competitions has increased Shane’s eagerness to study at a higher level, and he deserves to be recognised for his hard work and commitment to computing and technology.
Distance Learning: Debbie Constable (nominated by Pam Tomassi)
Debbie has completed two NCFE programmes over the past 12 months. She is an amazing student, who has had to overcome many difficulties and barriers to learning, and we think she is a very worthy winner.
Electrical: Scott Marshall (nominated by Neil McDonnell)
Scott completed his Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation last year, and has now progressed to Level 3 here at Nescot. He has demonstrated his commitment to learning through dedication and hard work, even when some of the subjects proved very challenging.
FE Teacher Training: Paul Goodall (nominated by Steve Smith)
Paul was very conscientious and devoted to duty, helping his peers and improving himself – the best student in the group. He was a hardworking student and has now progressed to his Cert Ed.
Games Design: Alex Ford (nominated by Damian Piper)
Alex has performed at a consistently high level. For example, he achieved many units at Distinction level in the first year of the course and always takes a full role in lessons and group projects. Alex is a very polite, helpful student, who has taken on the role of Course Representative, and carried out his duties professionally. Alex’s tutors are all impressed with his work and mature approach to learning.
Hair: Robyn Rapley (nominated by Kathryn Stephen)
Robyn is very motivated, has a great attitude and is always willing to help. She is always prepared to work hard, and now has clients requesting her personally. Her work is at a high standard, and she is very thorough. She has progressed from a Level 2, and her attendance is at 91%.
Health and Social Care: Zipporah Tekyi-Ansah (nominated by Dr Jilly Binks-Swain)
Zipporah successfully completed Level 3 Health and Social Care, overcoming severe adversity. She is now studying for a degree.
Media: Bradley Kane (nominated by Louise Gaskin)
Bradley is a motivated, bright and affable student, and his level of dedication is evident from his consistently-high attendance. He has already begun a string of work experience placements and build an impressive portfolio of work. Bradley passed the Level 2 Creative Media course with flying colours, and on the Level 3 course he has grown in confidence and develop into a capable young filmmaker. Bradley was an integral part of our successful trip to Ilam Hall in the Peak District, where he was the camera operator. During his time in Derbyshire he demonstrated a maturity well beyond his years, as he coped admirably with the high pressures of filming in location. I am extremely proud of Bradley’s achievements while on the course, and expect he will continue to flourish at university.
Music: George Daniell (nominated by Sapphira Gold and Neil Keating)
George is a conscientious and hard-working student, who always approaches his studies in a mature manner and ensures he is thoroughly prepared for all assignment submissions, leading to high grades across all units. George is a pleasure to have in class, with a friendly and polite manner, and is clearly someone who has earned the respect of his peers and tutors alike. George is on track for a high grade on his course, and this is thoroughly deserved, He is applying to university, and we’re sure that wherever he goes he will flourish, and be an asset to the course. We wish George all the best for the future, and we were delighted to give this award to him.
Performing Arts: Joseph Honey (nominated by Jamie Roberts)
While in his first year at Nescot Joseph has gone above and beyond our expectations. He works exceptionally well within his scheduled lessons, and has also been involved in the extra-curricular shows Pronoun and Rock Challenge. Last year he stepped in to cover a student absence during the production of Oh What a Lovely War and the Higher Education company production of Missing Shadows, learning lines and rehearsing in his own time. He did all this while remaining on track with his core studies, and being the student representative for his tutor group.
Preparation for Life and Work – Construction: Nick Hilsley (nominated by Darren Tingle)
Nick completed all his tasks to a good quality and progressed onto an apprenticeship.
Preparation for Life and Work – Vocational Studies : Emma Cotton (nominated by Sarah Aumeer)
Emma completed Entry Level 3 Vocational Studies in Catering and Retail last year. She was a quiet member of the class who could always be relied upon. She worked hard in Seasons Café and kept excellent attendance. This year she has moved on to Progression into Employment Level 1. She has continued to prove her positive attitude, and she excellent in her work experience at Next.
Preparation for Life and Work – Life Skills: Chris King (nominated by Adam Beral)
Chris has improved in leaps and bounds, from being too nervous to come in to enrolment to being a confident member of the class. With the help of a buddy he learnt the route to college and now travels by himself all the way from Crystal Palace. This year he started Lifeskills, in which he continues to prove himself as a valuable student and friend.
Preparation for Life and Work – Employability: Dominic Barber (nominated by Adam Beral)
Dominic is a very able student who made the most of the opportunities in front of him. He led his group during charity events, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Paws for Tea. He also undertook work experience with the marketing team at Nescot, as well as a 10-week placement with the events team at Epsom Downs. He completed all his work early in order to start a full-time paid job at Epsom Downs.
Photography: Katie Fagg (nominated by Kathryn Stephen)
Everyone has been impressed by Katie’s quiet focus and dedication. She has produced many successful pieces of work, and we believe that she has the potential to go on and make some interesting and engaging work at undergraduate level.
Plastering: Tom Murdoch (nominated by Jim Murphy)
Tom was an exemplary student throughout the year and produced some fantastic work. He excelled in the fibre shop and we were able to secure him an apprenticeship with a local fibrous plastering company. Tom is currently working towards his Level 3 qualification, and continues to develop his skills and knowledge.
Plastering (British Gypsum): Amanda Symons (nominated by Alan Butler)
This student came to Nescot after completing her Level 1 Diploma at Plymouth College. In 19 years at Nescot she was one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching. She has a thirst for knowledge and has worked extremely hard to achieve her goals. Plastering is a very physical job and Amanda has a severe problem with her wrists which causes her great pain at times. But she never once complained, and through sheer determination worked through the pain barrier. She has very good practical skills, which were evident from the standard of her work. My colleagues agree that Amanda is a very worthy winner of this year’s British Gypsum award.
Plumbing: Robert Sharp (nominated by Jason Jacob)
Robert is an outstanding student who has just completed his Level 2 course with high grades, and has now progressed to Level 3. He works to an exceptionally high standard in both practical and theory. Robert is an excellent student, who not only gets the best results for himself but is also willing to support his peers.
Sport: Rosie Weatherhead (nominated by Rory Fry-Stone)
It has been an absolute pleasure to have Rosie in my tutor group. Her contributions to classroom discussions and inquisitive attitude to work enabled her to achieve the best possible grades – D*D*D*. Rosie had 100% attendance for tutorials and more than 96% attendance, combined with an exemplary punctuality record, with all her coursework handed in early. Rosie is now studying Osteopathy at Nescot.
Travel and Tourism: James Spencer (nominated by Stacey Austin-Williams)
James has shown outstanding development since being on the Level 2 programme last year, gaining the highest possible grades as well as achieving grade C in both English and maths. In addition to his own grades, James has helped other students, motivating them to complete work on time and to a high standard, and has been voted the Class Representative. James enrolled onto the Level 3 programme in September, and has integrated easily. He has great time management, meeting all deadlines and always arriving to class on time, with 100% attendance. James has a positive attitude, and is a great role model and valued member of the class. He is on track to meet, if not exceed, his target grade.
Uniformed Public Services: Reece Hill (nominated by Steven Barber)
Reece has shown exemplary commitment, discipline and enthusiasm. He has shown excellent leadership qualities, and is set to achieve distinction grades for all 18 units. He is a true inspiration, and a role model, and has been keen to take on any challenge. He is now planning to join the military.