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    Student in running for national college award

    A former Abingdon & Witney College student has become a Young Student of the Year finalist for the upcoming Association of Colleges Annual Conference.

    Kirsty Newman, from Chipping Norton, studied for her two-year CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care at the college’s Witney campus and is now at Oxford Brookes University studying for a Degree in Primary Education.

    These awards ‘highlight exceptional achievement and celebrates successes’ of college students from across the UK, with other categories including Adult Student of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

    Upon hearing of the news, Kirsty said:

    “I’m very pleased to have received this nomination, it recognises all the hard work I put into studying for my Level 3 Diploma in Early Years, and having to balance learning with all the other things that were happening in my life. I’m really looking forward to going to the Association of Colleges conference in Birmingham in November and if I’m selected on to the House of Commons in June.”

    “I’m very pleased that I chose college over Sixth Form,” she continued. “It’s been a fantastic experience and set me up well for the degree in Primary Education that I am studying at Oxford Brookes University. For one thing, I have done far more work experience, which is important in teaching, than my peers who stayed at school.”

    Di Batchelor, Principal at the college, said: “Kirsty has done fantastically well in receiving this nomination from the AoC and we’re all very proud of her. She has already won a Student of the Year award here at the College, thanks to her amazing achievements on the Early Years course, and has continued her studies in the rewarding sector of Education.”

    “We’ll all have our fingers crossed for Kirsty in November!”

    Kirsty’s fellow finalists are Mason Cherritt of Weston College and Sophie Ainsworth from Nelson and Colne College. The winner will be announced at the AoC Annual Conference dinner on 14 November 2017.

    (October 2017)

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