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Students had their hard work recognised today (Wednesday, November 13) at a ceremony aimed at celebrating a diverse range of achievements.

Tutors nominated one person from each full-time course as their department’s Student of the Term, and directors each chose one award-winner to win Faculty Student of the Term.

All the nominees were invited to a reception with Nescot’s Executive Leadership Team, where they were presented with a certificate by CEO and Principal Frances Rutter.

“I have read through all your nominations, and you should all be really proud of what you’ve achieved so far this year,” Frances told the students.

“I have been particularly impressed by those of you who have shown resilience, and gone above and beyond what’s been asked of you. I’m looking forward to seeing you continue to excel.”

Nescot holds Student of the Term ceremonies three times a year, culminating in a summer awards ceremony in which Heads of Department nominate one person as their overall Student of the Year.

The awards recognise students who achieve excellent results, as well as those who have overcome obstacles or have helped other students on their course.

Level 1 Professional Cookery student Matthew was nominated by his tutor Karin Freestone for his 100% attendance record, as well as his achievement in his written and practical exams.

“I was really shocked when I heard I had been nominated for an award,” he said. “At first I couldn’t believe it, but now I’m really happy about it.”

Matthew joined the Catering department in September, after studying in Foundation Learning. He has autism, and this is his first experience of mainstream education for eight years.

“We’ve done a lot of practical sessions, and so far this term I’ve made brownies, poached pears, shortbread, leek and potato soup, and croutons,” Matthew said.

“It has been a challenge to move to Level 1, but the teachers are really good and I think being in Foundation Learning helped me to get ready to move to a mainstream qualification.”

Nescot offers full-time and part-time qualifications, university-level study, apprenticeships and distance learning in subjects ranging from Computing to Beauty.

The college is focussed on practical, hands-on learning to help students to develop the skills, experience and qualifications they need for the careers they want.