Andover College spent the night celebrating its students’ dedication, ambition and persistent hard work at its annual Achievers’ Awards. Family and friends joined Lecturers, governors and sponsors to celebrate the students’ achievements at The Lights Theatre. The awards highlight the College’s holistic and personalised philosophy that goes into each and every student whilst still challenging them to excel.
This year four new awards were introduced to recognise specialist achievements in specific subjects as well as by the college’s teaching and support team.
The Achievers’ Awards sum up an excellent academic year with Andover College getting a 99% A Level pass rate. In addition to this the College has been placed in the top 5% in the entire country for Value Added for the third year running, giving a powerful indicator of the quality of teaching and support the college provides and demonstrating that students are getting the most out of their time at Andover College.
Ben Stokes, Assistant Principal said: “Andover education doesn’t happen in a vacuum; we are proud to be part of an exceptional network of educational providers including our secondary schools in Andover – and a growing number from Salisbury and Wiltshire – who like us are committed to providing a platform of high educational standards and credibility.”
Our Guest of Honour Speaker was Shannon Holmes who was a past student of Andover College and has gone onto a successful career in Child Nursing, she said: “It is lovely to be able to have the opportunity to reflect on my experiences since leaving Andover College and say a huge thank you for the positive influence and encouragement I was given whilst studying here. I can without doubt say that without all the impeccable support from Andover College I would not have had the confidence and self-belief to achieve all that I have. The lecturers believed in me every step of the way and I will be forever grateful for that so a huge thank you again.“
The Principal’s Award was awarded to Shea, who achieved A* in Biology and A’s in Chemistry, Maths and Extended Project Qualification, is now off to the University of Southampton to study Biological Sciences. Shea was nominated as his attitude towards learning and desire to expand his knowledge has been exemplary. Shea is also well disciplined in reaching targets and setting his own goals as well as cooperating with group work and mentoring peers.
The Nigel Spackman Sport Achievement Award was awarded to Skye, who achieved D*D*D* on her Extended Diploma in Sport course. Skye was nominated for this award because during her time at college she has recorded the 50th best 100m-sprint time in her age group nationally this season as well as the 32nd best triple-jump score. Skye’s achievements are outstanding and deserve recognition especially as these sporting successes are in conjunction with excellent academic accomplishments.
The Entrepreneurial and Business Award was awarded to Adam. Adam was nominated for this award due to a loss of a close friend, he became enthralled by the idea of raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. From start to finish, he threw himself into the organisation, planning and execution of two very successful events. Both events raised a substantial amount of money which has aided the funding of a sky dive for himself and his peers to raise even more funds for the charity.
The Alan Guyatt Mature Learner Achievement Award was awarded to Hilary. Hilary was nominated for this award because she has achieved great things this year against all odds. This year, she has remained determined and tenacious in her studies and she was able to embrace her return to education with gusto. She is simply an amazing woman who achieves in education, greatly expanded her creativity on the Foundation Art and Design course and importantly, all whilst being a fantastic Mum to her teenage children.
The Award Winners were: Eve, Molly, Hilary, Amy, Connor, Lucy, Amber, Ethan, Jessica, Molly, Skye, Brendan, Adam and Molly. The winners of the Teacher and Support staff award were; Bec Price, Sharon Miles, Kelly Hall, Emily Legge, Alicia Barnett, Carlie Windows. Shea Campbell was awarded the prestigious Principal’s Award presented to the student who has demonstrated an outstanding achievement or contribution to the college.
The 2019 sponsors were: The Stannah Lifts Group, The University of Winchester, Winchester School of Art, Andover Advertiser, Bioquell UK Ltd and Test Valley Borough Council.