It was a double celebration last week with Northampton College landing two trophies at the 2022 Northamptonshire Education Awards.

The college was named Environmental Champion of the Year while Lesley Stevens was the winner of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards, presented by broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, celebrated the best in the county’s education sector, with hundreds of guests enjoying the glitzy ceremony.

For Lesley, this award recognises a stellar career in the classroom over many years.

Lesley represents the very best of teaching and is a shining example of the difference good education can have on young people, with generations of students benefitting from her enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to quality.

Having spent 30 years in the classroom, Lesley is determined that all her students reach their potential, creating an environment that is engaging and interesting right through from exhilarating starter activities to dynamic plenaries.

Lesley’s resources and teaching strategies reflect and value the diversity of students’ experiences and provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience.

Caring for the environment is central to the way Northampton College operates and is a key component in many of the courses our staff deliver to our 9,000 students.

The Environmental Champion award is recognition for a wide range of ‘green’ initiatives we have worked on this year.

As well as running specific projects, such as Supporting Sustainable Futures and the ‘Big Rig’ STEM Challenge, we embed environmental education and awareness in many of our subjects. However, we do not confine environmental education to the classroom. Environmental awareness runs throughout the day-to-day operations of the College.

We have created a strong ‘Go-Green Initiative’ which encourages staff and students to consider the environmental impact we have as a College.

Our three campuses have been designed to be sustainable, environmentally friendly and with as low a carbon footprint as possible. We have created several protected garden areas to encourage wildlife, including The Lagoon at our Booth Lane campus which is a protected conservation area, while we promote public transport and green technology.

Congratulations to Lesley and everyone involved in our ongoing environmental initiatives.