Academic excellence, determination, commitment and sheer hard work were all recognised last week at Andover College’s 2014 Celebration of Achievement Awards.
Students along with their proud families and friends joined Andover College lecturers, governors and sponsors for the special evening held at The Lights on Wednesday 3 September. The Awards showcase the very best of the College which prides itself on expertly preparing students for their chosen future, be that University or employment.
The annual ceremony recognises and celebrates those students who have all contributed to an outstanding year. This year 29 students were shortlisted for prizes with 18 students winning the prestigious awards, all of which were sponsored by local employers and organisations.
It has been an exceptional year for the College with record student numbers, a huge endorsement from Ofsted, excellent A Levels, BTEC and vocational results, and the College continuing to play a vital role in the community supporting the academic and skills development of local students.
The event was launched by guest of honour and former student Helen Kirkum, who three years previously collected the Outstanding Contribution to Art Award herself at the Achievers Awards. She inspired the students with her ‘Have fun, be brave, make a mess, believe in yourself, be the best’ themed presentation.
She said to the students: “Being brave is about knowing what’s best for you, know what you want to achieve and seize every opportunity. If you are committed to something and enjoy what you do, it will be much easier to be the best at it and it’s so important to have fun, because how can you regret something that you’ve enjoyed doing so much.”
The evening’s top accolade, the Principal’s Award, was presented to Jonathan Bell a student whose success typifies what makes Andover a brilliant college to study at. Tim Jackson, Principal described Jonathan as a determined student who has had to work exceedingly hard to progress from a Level 1 qualification through to Level 3.
“His positive attitude to learning and 100% effort has seen Jonathan overcome both barriers to his learning and external responsibilities and secure himself a place at University to continue studying IT.”
Amongst the other winners was Amber Newton, an inspirational student who was awarded the Humanities and Social Sciences Achievement Award for her “dedication and mature attitude and refusal to let anything stand in the way of her ambitions.”
Amber applied herself fully to complete both AS and A2 Communication and Culture in just one year and her AS English Literature in under five months. Amber is off to the University of Winchester with the aim of becoming a professional journalist.
Richard Daniel, winner of the Science and Maths Achievement Award is described as an incredible contributor to class. “His dynamic enthusiasm for Maths, Physics and Chemistry is contagious, he exhibits the natural curiosity and scepticism of a scientist, but he backs it up with hard work and dedication.”
Richard is now off to the University of Nottingham to study Theoretical Physics.
This year the Apprenticeship Achievement Award went to Jordan Boon, an Apprentice at Test Valley Borough Council who is significantly ahead in her programme which she is delivering to exceptionally high standards. Jordan has a new role at TVBV which reflects the excellent work completed there during her Apprenticeship programme.
The Alan Guyatt Mature Learner Achievement Award went to Fiona Yelland, acknowledged as being a focused and a highly determined student from the outset. Not only did Fiona achieve maximum marks, she also found time to coach her fellow students through the more challenging areas of Chemistry and Physics, whilst also holding down three part time jobs. Fiona’s determination, focus and results have secured her a place to study Veterinary Medicine.
During his address to the audience Vice Principal Martin Simmons said: “Tonight is about success and about the resolve, the endeavour and the stamina that were required to reach that success. All the nominees have my total respect and admiration for their various achievements which involve pushing themselves to surpass what they might have originally thought that they were capable of. “
“At Andover College we really do believe in our Mission, namely to inspire all learners to recognise and achieve their potential. And we are getting a great deal here very right indeed.”
Recognising the significant role the College plays amongst local businesses many of Andover’s leading employers provided sponsorship. Representatives from these and other sponsors presented their award to their category winners.
The 2014 sponsors were:
- Andover Advertiser
- Bioquell UK Ltd
- Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
- Institute of Carpenters
- Test Valley Borough Council
- The Stannah Lifts Group
- University of Winchester
- Valley Leisure
- Winchester School of Art.
The 2014 Winners:
- Jonathan Bell – Principal’s Award, sponsored by Andover College. The Principal’s Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated an outstanding achievement or contribution to the college.
- Amber Newton – winner of the Humanities and Social Sciences Achievement Award, sponsored by Andover Advertiser. This award is presented to a learner who has demonstrated excellence in a Humanities or Social Science subject including Law.
- Richard Daniel – winner of the Science and Maths Achievement Award, sponsored by Bioquell UK Ltd. This award is presented to a learner who has demonstrated excellence in a Maths or Science subject.
- Georgia Freshwater-Blizzard – winner of the Creative and Performing Arts Achievement Award, sponsored by Winchester School of Art. This award is presented to a learner who has demonstrated excellence in a Creative or Performing Arts subject.
- Denise Wignall – winner of the Business and Professional Studies Achievement Award, sponsored by Onimpact Ltd. This award is presented to a learner who has demonstrated excellence in a Business or Professional subject including Business, Accounts, IT, Health & Social Care and Child Care.
- Joshua Narey – winner of the Industries Achievement Award, sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council. This award is presented to a learner who has demonstrated excellence in a professional/Service Industries subject (Hair and Beauty, Media Make-up, Construction and Motor Vehicle).
- Thomas Cantley – winner of the Institute of Carpenters Award. This award is presented to a learner who has demonstrated academic and professional achievement in Carpentry and Joinery.
- Lili McLean – Nigel Spackman Sport Achievement Award, sponsored by Valley Leisure. This award is presented to a learner who has made an outstanding contribution to sports activities.
- Jordan Boon – Apprenticeship Achievement Award, sponsored by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. This award is presented to a learner who has demonstrated progress and commitment to an Apprenticeship programme.
- Fiona Yelland – Alan Guyatt Mature Learner Achievement Award, sponsored by The University of Winchester. This award is presented to a mature learner demonstrating outstanding achievement.
- Sophie Holmes, Ohana Kennedy, Paige Lowe, Kieran Maidment, Charlotte Quarrier, April Webster and Graham Williams – all winners of the Personal Achievement Award, sponsored by The Stannah Lifts Group. This award is presented to a learner/s who has made tremendous progress and effort to reach excellent standards without necessarily achieving the highest grades.
- Matthew Wright – Academic Achievement Award, sponsored by Simplyhealth. This award is presented to a learner who has worked extremely hard to consistently achieve excellent grades in their chosen programme of study.
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