Andover College celebrated unwavering dedication, ambition and hard work by students and staff at the Achievers’ Awards. Students with their proud friends and family were invited to join lecturers, governors and sponsors in celebrating their achievements at The Lights Theatre. The Awards showcase the College’s expert ability to equip students with an invaluable skillset that allows them to head into their future with confidence and conviction, whether that be at university or in employment.
The Achievers’ Awards sum up an excellent academic year with Andover College getting a 99% A Level pass rate. The college is in the top 4% in the entire country for Value Added, this is a powerful indicator of the quality of teaching and support the college provides and demonstrates that students are getting the very most out of their time at Andover College.
This year’s event was launched by special guest speakers Freelance Digital Media Manager Lana Suhova and previous Andover College student, now studying Medical Science at Exeter University, Liming Yang. Liming’s inspirational story was an uplifting start to the evening. He said: “I really want to take this chance to express my appreciation and gratitude to the college staff. I am not exaggerating when I say I definitely would not have achieved as much as I have without the help and support which the College provided.”
Lana had these encouraging words to say to the students: “It seems like only yesterday, but I graduated from Andover college exactly 10 years ago. I think there’s always time to learn and you should be absorbing as much as you can in order to further yourself.”
Concluding the ceremony, Assistant Principal Ben Stokes underlined the collaboration between the college and the feeder schools that prepare future Andover College students for the next step in their education. He said: “Andover education doesn’t happen in a vacuum; we are proud to be part of a network of educational providers who like us are committed to providing a platform of high educational standards and credibility”.
The 2018 sponsors were: SimplyHealth; The University of Winchester; Winchester School of Art; Andover Advertiser; Bioquell UK Ltd; The Stannah Lifts Group; Valley Leisure; Oyster; Taylor Wimpey; Test Valley Borough Council, The University of Southampton.
The 2018 Winners:
- Finlay Robinson – Humanities and Social Sciences Achievement Award for his exemplary writing and inspirational attitude
- Karman Norman – Science and Maths Achievement Award for her hard work and studious attitude
- Micheal Portsmouth – Nigel Spackman Sport Achievement Award for ability to balance his athletic endeavours alongside his academics
- Gabriela Krzus – Business and Professional Studies Achievement Award for her dedication towards her studies and for achieving Distinction *’s across the board
- Clare Miles – Professional Industries Achievement Award for her extremely high standards of professionalism and commitment
- Emma Hunter – Entrepreneurial Achievement Award for her perseverance and ambition in staging a charity event for a young John Hanson student who sadly passed away from illness in 2017
- Szandra Horvath – Alan Guyatt Mature Learner Achievement Award for the outstanding quality of her work
- Hannah Jones – Creative and Performing Arts Achievement Award for working above and beyond course requirements
- Charlie Collins – Apprenticeship Achievement Award for his reliable and committed attitude towards his apprenticeship at Taylor Wimpey
- Nola Roberts – Personal Achievement Award for achieving fantastic things academically all year whilst being an excellent classmate
- Emily Porter – Academic Achievement Award for her mature attitude to study
- Emily Porter – Principal’s Award for her immense contribution towards the recruitment for the college with her inspirational speeches and her lively personality
- Nikki Yates – Teacher’s Award for they way she consistently encourages students to achieve their full potential, catering for their individual needs and giving up a significant amount of her time to support them out of class