The second intake of students at Northampton College’s new-look Daventry Campus have been honoured for their hard work and dedication at an awards ceremony.
More than 150 people, including students, their families and a number of VIP guests, attended the ceremony at the multi-million pound campus in Badby Road West, Daventry On Thursday, June 20th 2018.
Best Overall Progress award went to mature student Dina Brinza, who has worked hard to juggle a young family and busy home life with her Level 2 Art and Design studies. Dina, whose youngest daughter was just 20 days old when she collected her award.
Another winner was Jamie-Lee Wareing, who scooped the Overcoming Challenges award for her sheer determination to succeed. Prior to her Level 3 course in IT, Jamie-Lee had completed two Level 2 courses – Performing Arts and Media – and before that Foundation Studies. She overcame the challenges of her disability to pass two challenging exams on her first attempt.
“If at first you don’t succeed try again,” said Jamie-Lee. “We can all achieve and succeed, it’s just that for some of us there are challenges to overcome.”
Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “A huge congratulations to Dina and Jamie and all our other outstanding award winners. These awards were packed with stories of success, strength of character and determination, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the lives and achievements of our students who are helping to make Daventry Campus an incredible place to study.”
Daventry District Council sponsored one of the award categories with these awards presented by their Leader Councillor Chris Millar.
The awards ceremony was followed by a speech from James Saunders-Watson, High Sheriff of Northampton: “This occasion marks the culmination of all the work you have put in – enjoy this moment. I congratulate you all on passing your exams, well done, it is absolutely brilliant.”
Latest statistics reveal that 98 per cent of students at the new Daventry campus pass their qualifications, with 85 per cent going on to further study or employment. The college works closely with local employers in the Daventry area to ensure students are ‘workplace-ready’ when they leave the classroom.
Northampton College’s multi-million-pound Daventry Campus, in Badby Road West, is home to industry-standard workshops for motor vehicle engineering, a stylish library, contemporary hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, ICT and Mac suites, teaching space for healthcare and childcare plus dedicated provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. The campus was officially launched in February 2017, thanks to a Local Growth Fund secured in partnership with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).