students dazzle at Weston College's awards night
local students from the Burnham-On-Sea area were recognised for
their academic achievements at a glittering awards ceremony in
Weston this week that was watched by BRIT Award nominee Beth Rowley.
Edward Bridge, Katrina Burse and Rosalind Wright all received
awards at Weston Colleges annual 'Celebration of Success'
evening, held at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.
They were presented with their awards by famous former Weston
College student Beth Rowley, who studied at the College from 2001-2002.
aged 18, (pictured above) won the 'Care and Early Years Student
of the Year' award after studying the BTEC National Diploma in
Health and Social Care course.
Her tutor said: "Katrina overcame a number of personal challenges
to successfully achieve a distinction profile on her course, impressing
staff with her dedication and determination to achieve."
of Berrow, is currently completing an Advanced Apprenticeship
in Early Years to broaden her experience prior to progressing
to university to study a degree in Social Work.
Rosalind, 19, of East Brent, (pictured right) received the 'Public
Services Student of the Year' award after achieving a distinction
in the BTEC National Diploma in Public Services. She excelled
on her course and was also part of the team who won a prestigious
UK Skills National Competition.
In addition to her academic success Rosalind was also recognised
in the 'Pride of Somerset' awards for her fundraising work for
the 'Help the Heroes' charity and her work as a volunteer carer
for the 'Over the Wall' charity. She is now studying Nursing at
John Moores University in Liverpool.
student Edward, 40, was awarded the 'Electrical Student of the
Year' commendation for his work on the City & Guilds 2330
Electro Technical Technology course, having completed both Level
2 and Level 3.
His tutor said: "Edward was unemployed when he enrolled at
the College in 2006 and found the return to education quite difficult.
However with perseverance and a determination to progress in his
life he went on to successfully gain his Level 2 qualification.
He then progressed to the Level 3 course in which he excelled;
gaining distinctions and achieving the top mark of any student
in his Level 3 written exam."
Edward progressed even further to gain the 17th Edition and the
City & Guilds 2382 Testing and Inspection Certificate and
he is now in full-time employment.
300 guests attended the awards ceremony, including prize-winners
and their families, college staff and governors, sponsors and
Weston College Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Paul Phillips,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are proud of the achievements
of each and every one of our students and also recognise outstanding
effort and achievement. These awards were presented to students
who have gone the extra mile in their studies, those who have
motivated others, overcome the odds and contributed the most."
Originally from Bristol, Beth Rowley, is known for her unique
vocal sound and love of the Blues, spent all last year working
on her much-anticipated second album, following the success of
her 2008 Top 10 album 'Little Dreamer'.
She was nominated for Best Female - Solo Artist at the 2009 Brit
Awards, where she faced fierce competition from Adele, MIA and
Estelle and was beaten to the post by Welsh pop singer Duffy.
are, top, Rosalind Wright (centre) receiving her award from Beth
Rowley (right) and Weston College Chair of Governors Jude Ferguson
(left) while, beneath, Rosalind Wright (centre) is shown with
Beth Rowley (right) and Jude Ferguson