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Students Honoured at Jack Petchey Awards Evening

Wednesday 28 November 2012
L-R: Ahmed Gowiely, Chris Leonard and Arif Siddiqi. L-R: Ahmed Gowiely, Chris Leonard and Arif Siddiqi.

On Monday 26 November, students from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) were honoured with prestigious Jack Petchey Achievement Awards at a special ceremony held at Richmond Theatre. Supported Learning students Ahmed Gowiely, Chris Leonard and Julie Meyriny received their awards along with 131 other students from schools and colleges across Richmond and Kingston.

RuTC staff member Arif Siddiqi received a special Leader Award at the event whilst BTEC dance students from the college entertained the audience with a show-stopping performance piece called 'Tribe'.

Ahmed, Chris and Julie (not pictured) were nominated by their teachers and classmates during the 2011-12 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 spent on a class trip plus extra resources and equipment for the department. Arif Siddiqi, Skills For Life facilitator at the College, received his leader award in recognition of his work with students on the Richmond Furniture Project.


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 Chief Superintendent Clive Chalk, Borough Commander for Richmond upon Thames, the Deputy Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Lisa Blakemore and Nick Whitfield, Director of Children's Services for Richmond and Kingston.

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