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Principal’s Award winner Ben Brown with Vice-Principal Kelly Bush, Chair of the Board of Governors, Steve Webb, and Amanda Davies of Dorset Council

Academic achievements and personal triumphs of student at Weymouth College were celebrated last week at an annual awards ceremony.

The College hosted its Student Awards 2024 on Thursday evening, with winners coming together with their family, friends and teachers to celebrate.

The Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Jon Orrell, was among special guests at the awards

The event was also attended by the Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Jon Orrell; Amandra Davies, Corporate Director for Education and Learning at Dorset Council; and Steve Webb, chair of the Board of Governors at Weymouth College.

Guests were greeted with live music by the College’s student band on arrival, along with drinks served by Catering & Hospitality students and a fun photo booth.

The student band entertains as guests arrive for the Student Awards 2024

Catering & Hospitality students and staff serve drinks at the event

They then sat down for a three-course meal, also prepared by the Catering & Hospitality students who work in the College’s Avenue Restaurant.

Welcoming guests, Mr Webb described the event as his “favourite night of the year”, being able to celebrate the “great achievements” of students. He also thanked teaching staff and parents and families for supporting the winners.

Weymouth College Vice-Principal for Curriculum, Kelly Bush, commented on the College’s achievements, saying: “Across the board, the College is performing at tremendously high levels which we’re very proud of, and we’re also really proud that our students benefits from the fantastic experience here.”

Mr Bush led the awards ceremony, welcoming tutors across all College subjects and levels to introduce their winners.

All the winners of the Student Awards 2024

The top award – the Principal’s Award selected by Principal and CEO Julia Howe – was presented to Ben Brown, who also took home the Routes Into and Re-Engagement Provision Student of the Year.

Ben is currently studying the College’s Step Forward into Education Level 2 course with aspiration to moving onto a Public Services course with the ambition of joining the police. He was praised for the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm shown to his studies amid personal health issues.

Ben’s tutor Ashleigh Lewis commented: “Ben really is an inspirational, dedicated student who goes above and beyond to reach his goals. He is an amazing person, and after all he has been through, deserves to receive this award.”

The full list of award winners was as follows:

  • A-Level & Applied Science Student of the Year – Josh Buckland
  • Apprentice of the Year for Construction & Building Services – Dylan Holmes
  • Construction & Building Services Student of the Year – Aaliyah Newall
  • 14-16 Student of the Year – Tyler Jackson
  • Bay Studios Student of the Year – Phoebe Nantes
  • Apprentice of the Year for Business Services – Jade Munden
  • Adult Student of the Year – Larysa Chernikova
  • Creative & Digital Industries Student of the Year – Joey McGrath
  • Apprentice of the Year for Engineering & Automotive – Isaac Rich
  • Business Management Student of the Year – Megan Chan
  • Engineering & Automotive Student of the Year – Caprice Lock-White
  • English & Maths Student of the Year – Reuben Keeble
  • Computing & IT Student of the Year – Louis Stuart
  • Visual Arts Student of the Year – Esme Greenham
  • Catering & Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Student of the Year – Abigail Stantiford
  • Hair Student of the Year – Poppy Culbreth
  • Apprentice of the Year for Services & Support Industries – Honey Lewis
  • Beauty Student of the Year – Neyve Wilson
  • Sport & Protective Services Student of the Year – Minna Telford
  • Higher Education Student of the Year – Fin Jarvis
  • Routes Into & Re-Engagement Provision Student of the Year – Ben Brown
  • Foundation Studies Student of the Year – Will Dashwood
  • Health & Social Care and Early Year Student of the Year – Cally O’Neill

The Student Awards came amid a busy end to the academic year for Weymouth College. Performing Arts students recently hosted their well-received production of Guys & Dolls, while Music students are currently on tour playing live at local venues, and Art students are currently showcasing their work in their end of year exhibition at the College. The College also recently hosted a successful Open Event with more than 200 visitors coming through the door.

Weymouth College is now looking ahead to the 2024/25 academic year and it’s not too late to apply for September – find out how to apply here: How to Apply – Weymouth College

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