Success of Weston College students celebrated at glamorous awards evening

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 February 2018

The awards evening was held in Weston's Winter Gardens.

The awards evening was held in Weston's Winter Gardens.

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It was a night to remember for pupils, staff and parents of Weston College as they celebrated their successful academic year.

The glamorous gala dinner was held in the Winter Gardens, in Royal Parade and recognised the students who went above and beyond in their studies.

Many of the students celebrated at the event previously had challenging experiences of education or personal struggles they overcame to facilitate their success.

The award winners and their families were treated to a three-course meal and entertainment from University Centre Weston’s musical theatre students, followed by a presentation ceremony which saw winners take home trophies and certificates.

Three students from the college’s link school Priory, in Queensway, also won top prizes.

Each faculty nominated a student of the year for their subject area.

Out of the faculty winners, principal and chief executive of the Weston College Group, Dr Paul Phillips, named two students as the college group’s overall top performers, Tommy Beaton and Tom Moore.

Tommy, who studied IT at the college before moving onto a degree at University Centre Weston, was nominated for his outstanding performance both in and outside the classroom which saw him represent the college at the regional finals of the WorldSkills UK competition, as well as working as a mentor for other students on his course.

Tom was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum shortly after joining the college, where he studies public services and attends sessions at Weston Bay.

He was nominated for achieving independent living, full-time employment and maintaining a network of friends.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Paul Phillips said: “These awards seek to highlight the fantastic achievements of college students and learners from our link schools.

“Many of our students have been on inspiring individual journeys to have overcome long-standing obstacles or sudden and unforeseen difficulties and events in order to succeed.

“Our celebration of success recognises the students who have overcome adversities and gone the extra mile and far surpassed their expectations and the expectations of their parents.”

To view a full picture gallery from the evening, click here.

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