Around 200 people joined in the celebrations with guests including governors, staff, students and their parents along with representatives from local secondary schools, the Metropolitan Police and local businesses. The Mayor, local MP Vince Cable and a number of local authority members and officers were also present at the event. The Chair of College Governors, Cathy Bird and the College Principal, David Ansell, welcomed the guests to the special event with the awards presented to the students by athletics star, Nigel Levine. Nigel, who is coached by Linford Christie, is one of Britain's top sprint athletes. He competes in both the 400m individual and relay events and was a member of Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.
Students currently studying catering and hospitality prepared and served a range of delicious food throughout the evening and guests also enjoyed a variety of musical entertainment, provided by students from the College's performing arts department.
During the evening 37 awards were presented to students who had been nominated by their teachers for their dedication and efforts during their time at the College as well as being successful in their studies.
The outstanding academic achievement award went to Florence Concepcion Mairey who gained four A levels – physics, maths and further maths at grade A* and chemistry at grade A, along with AS levels in architecture and Spanish. Florence goes on to study Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton.
Student Senami Fall received the award for Most Improved A Level Performance. Senami achieved four A levels – classical civilisation, English literature and textile design at grade A* and maths at grade A. She will be going to University College London to read English.
The award for outstanding vocational achievement went to Maria Toichoa. Maria achieved D*D*D* in her BTEC extended diploma art and design course along with English language and literature and Spanish AS levels. She will now go on to study Fashion and Textile Retailing at Manchester University.
Student Martha Aitken received the International Baccalaureate award for achieving 43 out of a possible 45 marks in her International Baccalaureate Diploma. Martha is going to Selwyn College, Cambridge University to read Human Social and Political Sciences.
Principal, David Ansell said, "Our students are with us in most cases for only two years, but the distance they travel in that time is an inspiration to us all – their achievements are truly impressive."
Other awards on the evening went to Amelia Jones for the Greatest Contribution to College Life. During her time at RuTC, Amelia contributed a great deal to college life including independently seeking an opportunity to work with students in the supported learning unit throughout her second year at college. An award for Achievement Against All Odds award was presented to Olivia Kersey who passed her three A levels in fine art, history and law and is going on to study Law at Leicester University.
Chair of College Governors, Cathy Bird, commented, "Whilst the Awards Evening is about the achievement of our students, we must also recognise the great effort put in by the teachers and the support staff. We are all very proud of what Richmond upon Thames College stands for and what it achieves."