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Calderdale College Celebrates Student Success at the 14-16 Presentation Awards Evening

15th May 2014 <b>Calderdale</b> College Celebrates Student Success at the 14-16 Presentation Awards Evening

On Wednesday 7th May students on the school release programmes at Calderdale College celebrated their success at the annual 14-16 awards evening at Square Chapel Arts Centre.

Over 120 high school students across Calderdale are given the opportunity to study vocational qualifications at the College alongside attending school. The majority of the provision is delivered in partnership with Calderdale schools and provides real vocational options that the schools are unable to provide. The majority of students will continue in the same vocation and progress onto apprenticeships or further education. This year students from Brighouse High School, Brooksbank High School, Calder High School, Ryburn High School, Halifax High School, Sowerby Bridge High School, Trinity Academy and Unity College, Burnley participated at the prize giving event.

After an initial introduction by the Principal Chris Jones; Craig Tupling Assistant Principal – Head of Learner Services & Quality presented the awards to the students.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Level 3 Music students at the College. Singer/Songwriter ‘Oliver Stock’ performed ‘Give me Love’ by Ed Sheeran and Pianist Sam Butterworth introduced each award with a series of popular introductions such as Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy and River Flows in You by Yiruma.

In addition to Calderdale College Music students, dance academy students performed part of their end of year show – Velocity, which they will be performing at Square Chapel on Thursday 12th June and full time 14-16 ICT student Kyle Mather sang ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman.

Awards presented included Excellent Attendance, Students’ Student and Star Student. Star students were nominated for a variety of reasons including commitment to their studies, enthusiasm, distance travelled and evidence of care and support shown to their peers. The students then played pre-recorded vox pops which highlighted how much they enjoyed their time at the College and how highly they regard their tutors.

Christine Eckersley, Schools Liaison Officer said: “This is one of my favourite times of the year when we get the chance to celebrate our young students’ hard work, some of whom are nearing completion of two years of study. 

“For the first time this year Calderdale College introduced full time provision for 14-16 year olds through the Early College Transfer Programme and these students are also receiving awards for their hard work and effort.

Studying a vocational qualification is not an easy option, nor is getting used to a new environment, particularly at such a young age, but they do. Achieving their qualifications, often with Merits and Distinctions proves that the curriculum really does suit a lot of young people and enables them to achieve success,” continued Christine.

Craig Tupling, Assistant Principal brought the evening to a close by praising the students who had taken part and for those who made the 14-16 programme so successful, especially the participating schools.

Students’ Student and 100% attendance award winner Tara Westmoreland, Level 1 Hair & Beauty student, who hopes to continue onto the Level 2 course at the College describes what the award means to her: “It means a lot, because I feel like I have succeeded in something. My course is amazing; it is such a nice atmosphere with the tutors and the learning.”

Student of the Year and a Star Student award winner Georgia Milner, 15, Early College Transfer student said: “I wasn’t expecting it. It means a lot, especially being a single mum. It is a struggle to get to College let alone achieve so much. I want to go on to study Level 3 Health & Social Care and then uni to be a psychiatric lawyer.”

Lewis Holden, 16, Level 2 Construction student from Ripponden was presented with 100% attendance, Students’ Student and the Student of the Year award. He said: “The awards mean a lot; it shows that I am on the right track. The tutor is sound, he is the best [tutor] you could ever have and the course is amazing because it is completely different to school.”

Jack Milnes, 15, Level 1 Animal Care student from Hebden Bridge who is hoping to become a vet or dog handler said: “It has been amazing. Before I started coming to College I was in a lot of trouble with school and ever since I have been coming to College I have been doing really well. They treat you with respect at College and that’s what I really like about it.”

Star student award winner Keelan Aspinall, 14, who is currently studying Level 1 Animal Care said: “I was very very surprised to win, I think it is a great course, I love doing it and the tutors are great. At first I was very worried, but as I got to know the tutors and the students I have gained a lot of confidence and enjoy it a lot.”

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