21 student superstars were shining brightly as they celebrated at Derwentside College’s Annual Achievement Awards ceremony in November. The evening was attended by over 250 guests from across the region, with 21 students receiving special…Read More
21 student superstars were shining brightly as they celebrated at Derwentside College’s Annual Achievement Awards ceremony in November. The evening was attended by over 250 guests from across the region, with 21 students receiving special awards for academic excellence and personal endeavour. Two of these awards were sponsored by Sir Bob Murray, both for Personal Achievement- Louise Bowman (Employability Skills) and Kerrieanne Derbyshire (Prince’s Trust).
Sir Bob commented: “I am very proud to be associated with Derwentside College in my home-town of Consett and delighted to sponsor the special awards for outstanding personal achievement. I would like to congratulate Louise and Kerrieanne on their awards and wish them every success in the future.”
Guest presenters at the ceremony were Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw from Heart Radio North East, whilst Andrew Hodgson, CEO of Wallsend based SMD and Vice Chair of the North East LEP was the College’s Guest of Honour.
The evening culminated with the announcement of Student of the Year which was presented to Mark Stewart, an Advanced Apprentice at Pinnacle Re-Tec, based in Consett, for his outstanding achievements demonstrated throughout his studies. Mark said, “I was thrilled to have been nominated for an award, but to win Student of the Year was absolutely fantastic. The proudest moment was knowing that my family, my employer and my assessor were there to see this.”
Principal and Chief Executive, Karen Redhead said, “Our Awards evening is about celebrating success, the success of individuals in achieving their goals by progressing to further and higher education, by securing employment and the success of the college working with employers to raise skill levels and improve quality.”
“Success rates on our classroom-based courses are very high, placing us again in the top 10 percent of all colleges in the country for the majority of our programmes and we have maintained this strong position for the last four years. In the last 12 months alone we have delivered learning aims to 10,759 students, we had 5,234 apprentices in 20 different occupational areas of learning and we worked with 1,159 employers.”