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Students and Staff celebrate success at Annual Award Ceremony

Eastleigh College recently celebrated another successful year with an exciting Annual Awards ceremony. College students, staff, governors and representatives from industry gathered together at Eastleigh’s premier venue, the Concorde Club, to celebrate the exceptional achievements of students and staff over the last academic year.

A variety of awards were presented throughout the evening which highlight exceptional student achievement. Curtis Burnet, who won the Award for Exceptional Progression, commented:

"I was really surprised to win, but I am pleased that my hard work has been acknowledged. It has been a fantastic evening where I felt all winners, including myself, were made to feel special.”

Guests at the event watched videos which described the life-changing impact the College has had on each nominee and how the College has given each student the opportunity to achieve more than they thought they could. Also in attendance were a range of industry representatives who were keen to show their support to the students. Sponsors included, Barratt Homes, University of Southampton, NCFE/CACHE, Knowhow, VTCT, Advanced Engineering and University of Portsmouth.

Staff were also recognised for the exceptional teaching, support and guidance provided to students, which has enabled them to achieve their chosen goals. Matt Stickland, Motor Vehicle tutor won this year’s Teacher of the Year award and commented on his winning title:

“I’m incredibly honoured to win this award and pleased that the dedication to my students has been recognised. Alan Moth was also a very worthy competitor, which makes the award even more special.”

VTCT sponsored the Young Learner of the Year award and Catherine Kidman, Regional Business Development Manager (Southern Region & London) highlighted:

“We have always had a successful and long standing relationship with Eastleigh College and are proud to sponsor this award. As an awarding body ourselves, it is amazing to see the passion nominees have for what they do and to learn about how much they have grown and developed. Eastleigh College has always been exceptional at nurturing the talent and potential of their learners.  On top of that it has been a fantastic evening, which has had a real buzz about it. To have so much talent in one room is always exciting.”

Dr Jan Edrich, Chief Executive and Principal at Eastleigh College added: “This event is a personal highlight of the academic year and is a great opportunity to showcase the success of our students. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up, they really are special and should know we are proud of their achievements.”

Congratulations to all our award winners:


Adult Learner of the Year – Madelaine Bradburn

Adult & Community Learner of the Year – Jean Orba

Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Knowhow – Lewis Beckingham

Award for Exceptional Progression, sponsored by NCFE/CACHE – Curtis Burnet

C&G Medal for Excellence – Rebecca Gillett

Governor’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement – Nikita Makna

Higher Education Learner of the Year, sponsored by University of Southampton – Mitchell Bennett

Young Learner of the Year, sponsored by VTCT – Daniel Terry

Teacher of the Year – Matthew Stickland

Tony Brooks Award, sponsored by Advanced Engineering – Geoff Weaver

Work Placement Learner of the Year, sponsored by University of Portsmouth – Rhianna Rea

Work Based Learner of the Year, sponsored by Barratt Homes – Tom Lodwidge


Runner’s up:

Apprentice of the Year – Christopher Reynolds

Award for Exceptional Progression – Giselda Mata

Governor’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement – Jack Culhane

Higher Education Learner of the Year – Shauna McManus

Young Learner of the Year – Daniel Jay

Teacher of the Year – Alan Moth

Tony Brooks Award – Chris Pope

Work Placement Learner of the Year – Connor Ranson