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Celebrating success at Sunderland College

Sunderland College principal Anne Isherwood with award winner Hannah Black and Iain Nixon, executive director – commercial activity.

Sunderland College students were honoured at a glitzy awards ceremony which celebrated the outstanding achievements of the city’s youngsters over the past 12 months.

The college held its annual awards for 16-18 year olds which are designed to recognise the dedication and hard work of its A-Level, BTEC and vocational students.

Staff and students attended the dazzling ceremony which was held at Sunderland Association Football Club’s Stadium of Light on September 9, and featured John Mowbray OBE, chair of Sunderland Education Leadership Board, as guest speaker.

The event included a speech from principal Anne Isherwood and chair of governors Rob Lawson, and entertainment was provided by one of the college’s talented music students John Gatenby.

In total, 30 accolades were presented to students which recognised a range of successes including academic achievement, commitment to enrichment and extracurricular activities, and dedication to studies.

One of the star students was Hannah Black, aged 19, who won the Award for the Best Performance in an Apprenticeship Programme.

Hannah, from Washington, recently completed a Customer Service apprenticeship with Sunderland College and has now gained a permanent role with Kare Plus as a business administrator.

She said: “It was such an honour to be presented with this award, especially as there are so many people who have completed apprenticeships through the college. I feel that all the hard work I put in through the years has paid off and it is so nice to be recognised in this way.

“I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and was very happy when I was offered a full-time position at Kare Plus. I was supported by the college throughout my apprenticeship and was given great guidance by my trainer.”

Principal Anne Isherwood said: “The awards ceremony is a very special event in our calendar as we congratulate our students for their hard work and celebrate the overall success of the college. We have maintained our 99 per cent pass rate for the sixth year running which is testament to the high calibre students who attend the college.

“This year’s group of nominees were all excellent candidates and it was very difficult to choose the winners. Everyone who was nominated should feel very proud and I would personally like to congratulate each and every one of them for their excellent contribution to the college.

“Not only do we recognise our students at this event, but it is also very important to acknowledge the commitment of our staff who support our students and help them to progress.”

The college is undergoing major changes with the redevelopment of its Bede Campus and plans are underway to build a flagship campus in Sunderland city centre.

Mrs Isherwood added: “We have had a very successful year and we are certainly keeping the momentum running as we welcome students to our new sports and visual and performing arts facilities and develop our flagship campus proposal. It is an exciting time for the college and we are looking forward to the future.”

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