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Inspirational students awarded for achievements

Eighty students who have overcome difficulties or achieved outstanding academic success had their inspirational stories read to guests at the College’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

Eighty students who have overcome difficulties or achieved outstanding academic success had their inspirational stories read to guests at the College’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

Students were awarded with a certificate during the event in the College’s new Booth Lane building on Friday, 25 November. Principal Len Closs said, ‘I am continually inspired by students at our Annual Awards Ceremony and extremely proud of what they have achieved. They have all been on incredible journeys to reach their goals and the stories we heard during the evening were a testament to their ongoing hard work, attitude and dedication to learning.’

Joseph Conetta

Joseph has changed his life against all odds.

After a spell in prison Joseph wanted to turn his attention to the world of music and enrolled on the National Diploma in Music Technology just days after being released.

Joseph immediately made huge strides with his mature and focused approach to college life. He got involved with a number of extracurricular activities, becoming a course representative and setting up his own limited production company. His enthusiasm for the business side of the industry and his strong networking skills really came to the fore when his fiancée was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Determined to raise money for charity, Joseph made a huge effort to run several fundraising gigs, including a 24-hour dance event in London. Despite his additional stresses, his college work never suffered and he remained an inspiration to others.

Now studying the HND in Music Production, Joseph is extremely proud to be the first member of his family to progress on to higher education.

Darryl Ryan

Darryl’s battle with leukaemia whilst on the Professional Chef’s Diploma was inspirational. Despite having to attend hospital for painful treatment, he persevered with his studies and successfully completed the course.

Where others may have struggled, Darryl still managed to hand in his assignments on time and to a high standard of achievement. He is clearly a motivated, hard-working student which makes him an excellent team player and a popular member of the class.

He achieved an overall credit and is now working successfully at the next level.

Christopher Hearn

Christopher started at college on an Art, Design & Media course. He had been previously home-schooled and, due to family health issues, was unable to complete the full range of GCSEs. Despite having to start from scratch at Level 1, and dealing with issues outside college, he fitted in to his new learning environment well. He stood out as a role model and his enthusiasm in classroom sessions was infectious.

After completing the Level 1 course, Christopher progressed on to the First Diploma in Media where he continued to excel, often working late to make sure he stayed ahead. His coursework was always completed to a very high standard above and beyond what was expected. His passion for learning has been ignited and he has now gone on to the National Diploma programme. After that he hopes to complete an HND or degree before beginning a successful career in media.

Agnese Pure

Aggie moved to the UK from Latvia two years ago to follow her parents’ theatrical footsteps.

With a strong background in ballroom dancing, she was keen to develop other skills in various dance styles and singing so the National Diploma in Musical Theatre was the perfect option.

Aggie stayed with her cousin in Corby and travelled to college daily, fitting in to her new life with ease and working the course around her part-time job which financed her studies.

Despite living so far away from her family, she was a very enthusiastic student who was determined to achieve a successful performing career. Now that she is at the world-renowned Arts Educational School in London, the West End is in sight.

Chris Goldsworthy

Chris’s confidence and social skills have improved so much since he began college that he is now pursuing his dream to study IT.

As an autistic student, Chris enrolled on the Next Steps course straight from school, seeing it as an opportunity to progress on to more mainstream courses.

He started at college with low confidence levels but was clearly very bright and eager to develop. With the right guidance and support he soon began to excel. He enjoyed improving his reading, writing and maths skills and soon started settling in to his new learning environment.

Chris’ outstanding progress helped him make the transition on to a mainstream qualification in IT and he has since moved on to the First Diploma programme. With a growing ambition, he is even thinking about the possibility of university one day.

Wendy Bukuru

Wendy had been a full-time mother before deciding she wanted to learn new skills and become a childminder – a career that would fit in with her young family.

Looking to retrain, Wendy started the Diploma in Working with Children & Young People and began to get excited about wider career prospects teaching children with special needs. She loved learning about various areas of childcare such as nutritional needs, different developmental stages and ways in which she could help them reach their full potential.

Her enthusiasm and determination was infectious and she managed effortlessly to fit her studies around her busy home life – much to the inspiration of her peers.

Since finishing the course, Wendy hopes to progress on to University in the future and is looking for work experience in a nursery in the meantime to build up her prospects.

HND Music Production

BTEC National Diploma in Musical Theatre

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