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Posted: 21/05/13

Schools academy students praised for achievements

Students aged between 14 and 17 took to the stage last week (16 May) to collect star achiever awards recognising their contribution on courses within the schools academy at West Nottinghamshire College.

Deputy principal Patricia Harman presented certificates to 20 learners who attend college one day per week from their home schools and have gone on to achieve success on the schools academy foundation pathways.

Study pathways include courses within care and education studies, construction and building services, creative industries and digital technologies, engineering and transport and hairdressing and beauty therapy.

The principal’s student of the year awards went to 17-year-old Jamie Fudge of Holgate School in Hucknall, and 15-year-old Emma Sanders of Blue Mountain School in Nottingham.

Jamie, who studied on the Trowel Occupations and Woodwork Occupations programmes was nominated for his hard work, helpfulness and approach to team work.

Emma, who studied on the CACHE Certificate in Caring for a Child Entry Level 3 course was nominated for her excellent commitment to study and great attitude towards her work.

The Schools Academy offers courses aimed at school students aged 14 to 17 years of age who benefit from practical learning in the college’s industry-standard vocational settings and helps re-energise their interest level and commitment in studying.

School students have access to some of the best facilities and resources in the region and are taught by tutors who are professionals in their trade and can learn from their industrial experience.

Team leader for schools academy Mark Firth said: “The celebration event was a great way of recognising the achievement and progress made by students during their time on their courses.

“We’re also proud to see so many of the students’ progress onto full-time courses within the college and then continue on to achieve further success.”