On Wednesday 24th June the Deputy Mayor Councillor Terence Buxton visited Kensington and Chelsea College to present their annual Learner Achievement Awards.
This year’s Student of the Year was named as Miranda O’Connell and was presented with a £100 cheque and a certificate of achievement. In addition, 9 Runners up each received a cheque for £60.
Mature student Miranda, 40, is a single parent of 3 and returned to education to study an NVQ in Childcare. The awarding panel were impressed with her excellent attendance, dedication and enthusiasm towards her studies. Over the past year, she has attended college one day a week and her work placement two days a week.
Miranda says of her win: “I am over the moon. I didn’t have a positive experience of education the first time around but it’s wonderful to be recognised for all my hard work.”
Vice Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, Amanda Hayes says: “It’s not simply about awarding the most talented students, the distance travelled and dedication of our learners are of equal importance. It’s heartening to see students such as Miranda, who join us with a less than positive experience of education and leave with their faith restored and with the qualifications to help them succeed in their chosen career path. It is difficult to combine, study, motherhood and work and people who do this successfully are not only an inspiration to other students, by valuing education they encourage their own children to have aspirations and succeed.”
The awards were held in support of VQ day, 24th June 2009, the national celebration of vocational students.
Photos: Bruce Tanner
Date published: 29 June 2009