On Thursday 6th September, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated the exceptional achievements and successes of some its students at the annual Student Awards ceremony, which was held at the Exchange in Twickenham.
This is the first year that the college Student Awards ceremony was held at the Exchange, a brand new creative venue. Over 160 guests attended the ceremony including the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Ben Khosa, students, parents, staff and members of the local community.
RuTC was pleased to welcome back alumnus, Jack Eldridge, who inspired the audience as he spoke about his journey since leaving RuTC in 2011. After completing his A Levels, Jack started an Apprenticeship with the Cabinet Office. Since then, and after multiple promotions, he is now the Head of Business Planning at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Jack said: "It was extremely flattering to be invited back by RuTC to speak at their student awards. As always, there have been some truly amazing successes over the last year and the college does a fantastic job in recognising that, year on year, they have some incredibly talented and hard-working students come through their ranks."
Robin Ghurbhurun CEO and Principal says: “this was another successful year at our student award ceremony. It was amazing to recognise the efforts and achievement of some of our students and celebrate with their families and teachers. Many of our students will be progressing to university, starting apprenticeships, or progressing onto the next level of their course. All of our winners have a unique story that makes them special and we are incredibly proud of them and their achievements.”
Music student, Michael Fuller, who composed and performed his own composition called ‘Eternal Peace’, entertained guests at the Awards. Michael also won the award for Greatest Contribution to College Life and will be attending Royal Holloway University, where he will study Music.
Dance students performed a piece from the Wizard of Oz, ‘Ease on Down the Road’. This lively piece was performed by second year BTEC Level 3 Dance students and included Ellie-Rae Andrews who won the award for Performing Arts. Ellie will be going on to Stella Mann Performing Arts College in Bedford to study Dance.
Others included Harai Berhane who won the Award for Art and Design. Harai began at college studying the Level 1 in Art and Design and has worked his way up to the Level 2 and Level 3 and has been offered a place at the University of Middlesex to study Furniture and Product Design. Engineering student Edward O’Brien received a D*D*D* for his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and will be studying Engineering at University College London. Young mother, Georgia Ballard, won the award for Health and Social Care after receiving D*D*D* in her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, gaining the highest grades for her course whilst balancing the demands of motherhood.
Jonathan Corfield won the Outstanding Achievement award for an academic pathway, gaining four As in Government and Politics, History, Maths and Further Maths. Jonathan will be studying Mathematics and Economics at the University of Nottingham. Jonathan says: “I am very proud of my time at RuTC and I am immensely grateful to my teachers, whose dedication and approachability helped me gain the results I wanted.”
RuTC was pleased to welcome recruitment company Morgan Hunt as the official sponsor of the Apprenticeship Award this year. Morgan Hunt is proud to be the leading national recruitment partner to the Further Education sector since 2005 and has worked with Richmond upon Thames College for a number and continues to be a valued partner.
Take a look at some of the Student Awards highlights including some of our winners in the gallery below.