Student of the Year celebration at Blenheim Palace

    Last week, Abingdon and Witney College celebrated the amazing achievements of its students at its annual Student of The Year event, hosted in the grand surroundings of the Orangery Room at Blenheim Palace.

    At the Awards evening, Principal Di Batchelor spoke of the College’s successes and how much of central part our students play: “Each year we ask our Faculties to identify students and apprentices who have excelled. You are the students who have completed your courses to the highest possible standards, who have succeeded in getting what you need to progress onto your next step, and who have contributed hugely to your class, your community or the work of your employer.”

    “You are the stand out students for 2017-18, and we are all here today to recognise and celebrate your success.”

    Over 150 students, staff, friends, and family attended the Awards evening at Blenheim Palace, where 20 students were honoured for their achievements across the curriculum, including equine, engineering, supported education, higher education and apprenticeships. The evening also featured a speech from Robert Courts MP, and entertainment was provided during an interval by Performing Arts students from the College.

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    The Student of the Year Award was presented to Kieron Duggan, a Level 3 Sport student. Head of Faculty for the department, Angela Hayles, said: “Kieron is holding 5 university offers due to his amazing development over the last 3 years. He has consistently demonstrated high standards in all aspects of his study and personal life and is regarded as a leader by his peers”.

    “Kieron has shown outstanding commitment to volunteering at a school for students with SEN (Special Educational Needs), helping to deliver a range of sessions from football to key life skills such as riding a bike. This has made a real difference to the lives of others and has influenced Kieron’s desire to study sports therapy at university.”

    Other winners included Christopher Hayward, a Level 1 Creative Futures student with an interest in Media, and who despite starting his course shy and under-confident has now transformed himself into a highly ambitious student.

    A huge congratulations to all our students who picked up an award, and a big thank you to all the staff too!

    (July 2018)

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