Twelve students at Kensington and Chelsea College have each received an award for their learning achievement in a special awards ceremony, which took place at Kensington and Chelsea College last week.
Launched this year, the Kensington and Chelsea College learner achievement awards were set up to reward the outstanding achievements of its students. Each student received a special certificate and a £100 prize.
Achievements ranged from exemplary attendance, motivation and commitment to heartfelt tales of triumph over adversity.
Award winner Gillian Mowberry tells of her story:
When I started at KCC I was sure I would fail. I left school at the age of 12 and have battled a drug problem for years. I believed I wasn’t capable of achieving anything, but after a bit of encouragement and reassurance from my tutors I discovered a love of learning. Eventually I even had enough self-belief to help others in my class who were encountering problems.
Another winner, Anna Suwalowska, who was thrilled to receive an award, said:
I am very honoured and proud to receive this award. This is the first prize that I have been awarded and I hope it is not the last! I am so happy that my work has been appreciated.
Amanda Hayes, Vice-Principal Kensington and Chelsea College, said:
We should never under-estimate the personal, practical, health related and emotional challenges that many of our students have to manage in order to return to education and be successful. It is important that the College recognises these individual learning journeys and achievements as much as academic excellence.
I have been particularly impressed by the generosity of spirit and support that some of our students have given to their classmates. It is this ethos that exemplifies Kensington and Chelsea College and the reason that so many of our students go on to be successful in their careers. We are always delighted when they come back and tell the next generation of students where they started and what they have achieved. They are excellent role models and ambassadors for learning and the College.
Date published: 18 November 2008