Glitz and glamour at Weston College's celebration of success

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 January 2015

The college's celebration of success event.

The college's celebration of success event.

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STUDENTS and staff from Weston College got the opportunity to celebrate their success at a glamorous ceremony held at the Winter Gardens.

Laura-Jean King at Weston College's Celebration of Success event.Laura-Jean King at Weston College's Celebration of Success event.

The annual Celebration of Success event honoured students for their outstanding achievements and highlighted just some of the college’s success stories.

At the event the college’s principal, Dr Paul Phillips, said: “The awards presented tonight are a testament to the success of the ethos which permeates throughout the college, of putting the student at the heart of everything we do and strive to do.

“Our students thrive in such an environment and that’s why recognising and celebrating their successes gives me such a strong sense of satisfaction and pride.”

Some of the stars of the show included 19-year-old Laura-Jean King, who studied health and social care at the college.

Award winners at Weston College's Celebration of Success event.Award winners at Weston College's Celebration of Success event.

Despite being dyslexic and dyspraxic she was successful at the national World Skills event held in Birmingham and is hoping to be selected for the national squad. She was given the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Health and Social Care and Counselling Student of the Year Award.

She said: “Being at the college has been a real adventure. It has had its challenges but the support and encouragement I received was fantastic.

“I’m now hoping to take a degree in nursing or health and social care next year, and eventually I’d like to be a medic in the RAF.”

The awards were given to people of all ages, Bill Humphries, aged 60, was named the Pre-employment Training Student of the Year after moving to the town from Birmingham and attending the college in a bid for a new start.

Bill Humphries at Weston College's Celebration of Success event.Bill Humphries at Weston College's Celebration of Success event.

Star of the BBC’s hit show The Apprentice, Jim Eastwood, was guest speaker at the ceremony and said: “At Weston College we hear about growth, success, expansion, successful partnerships and celebration.

“Young people, you might not see all this going on, but it is happening to make the college the catalyst for change in this area and across the South West.

“You should be delighted at your achievements and at the partnerships being created here.”

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