Kirklees College celebrates Outstanding Learners at COLS Awards


The annual student COLS (College Outstanding Learner Success) Awards took place at Kirklees College’s Huddersfield Centre on Wednesday 8 June as students were honoured in each curriculum area for their outstanding achievements throughout the year.

There were overall prizes were also awarded for 16-18 Student of the Year, Adult Student of the Year, 16-18 Apprentice of the Year, Adult Apprentice of the Year and Student of the Year for Outstanding Achievement.

The awards originated from the Thomas Armytage’s Technical School Endowment of 1879, and are presented to students for academic performance, contribution to college life and personal qualities. Winners received a cheque from the fund, a trophy and certificate.

Mark Bennington, Vice Principal Corporate Operations and Jonathan Price, former Business Development Manager were comperes for the evening and guests enjoyed a two-course buffet prepared and served by the Hospitality and Catering students. Guests also enjoyed a performance from Latin American dancers, Christian Skibsrud and Olivia Oates, during the ceremony.

There were 29 category winners plus five overall winners at the awards, with learners winning from a range of curriculum areas including Access to Higher Education and Teaching, Creative Industries, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Sport, Foundation Learning, Hair and Beauty and many more.

The overall winners’ awards were presented to Nye Berry, Georgia Cook, Joshua McDowell, Jack Archer and Hisham Shakeel for making a special impact on the judging panel with their outstanding personal and academic achievements.

Notably, Hisham was recognised for personally raising £450 for MND by walking five miles, despite his complex disabilities, as part of the Health and Social Care charity event.

Palvinder Singh, Principal and Chief Executive at Kirklees College said:

“Our mission statement for Kirklees College is ‘Creating Opportunities, Changing Lives’. This year’s awards provided us with the opportunity to recognise some of our outstanding students, who have grasped the opportunities that Kirklees College provides, and have changed their lives for the better.

Now in its twelfth year, over 110 students were nominated by their tutors for their outstanding work this year and it was fantastic to celebrate the achievements of our students who have been an inspiration and role models for their peers by embodying our values of kindness, unity and excellence.”

For more information and photos of the awards ceremony, visit https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/awards/.

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