Supported Learning students Alex De Araujo, Lewis Giger, Damien Jones, Errkollins Patacsil and Natasska Wanuragala received their awards along with over 100 other students from schools and colleges across Richmond and Kingston. College staff member Pete Williams received a special Leader Award at the event whilst A level student Steven Giles delighted the audience with a piano performance (below).
The award-winning students were nominated by their teachers and classmates during the 2012-13 academic year for their positive attitudes in college, support to fellow classmates and outstanding contributions to college life. They each received a certificate and £200 cheque from the Jack Petchey Foundation which was used to fund class trips for the department. Pete Williams, an ALS teacher at the College, received his leader award in recognition of his work with the supported learning football team.
The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. It has invested £75 million to a wide range of 2,000 youth initiatives across London and Essex. The Achievement Awards programme is aimed at enabling young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contribution to society.
VIPs attending on the night included Councillor Meena Bond, Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond and Nick Whitfield, Director of Children's Services for Richmond and Kingston.