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RFD celebrates student success in glittering awards ceremony

22 June 2015
Image representing RFD celebrates student success in glittering awards ceremony

On Wednesday 17 June, Gloucestershire College’s Royal Forest of Dean Campus hosted its annual Student Success Awards to celebrate and recognise the achievements of its students for academic excellence, overcoming difficulties in order to succeed and for going out of their way to help others.

Awards were given to students across all fields of study, including both academic and vocational courses, with the winner of the most coveted Outstanding Achievement in Any Field of Study Award going to 18-year-old Harry Morgan from Chepstow, a former Wyedean School pupil.

Currently studying for his Extended National Diploma in IT (Software Design), Harry has come a long way since joining the College with “indifferent” GCSE results. Thanks to the help and support of “some great teachers”, Harry achieved a B in his GCSE English, distinctions in all units of his diploma and has secured a place to Bradford University to study Computing Science in September.

With the College being the leading provider of apprentices in the county, two new awards were introduced this year, including The Construction Craft Apprentice of the Year Award, which went to 19-year-old Lee Turley from Lydney, and The Apprentice Award for ICT, Business and Customer Service, which went to 17-year-old Louise Taylor from Coleford.

Louise is also in the running to win the Outstanding Customer Service Award in the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015, which take place on Thursday 2 July at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Among the 41 awards given out on the night were those for course areas including Mathematics, Science, English Literature, Early Years, Catering and Hospitality, Construction and Building Services, Hairdressing and Sport and Outdoor Education, with 17-year-old Ellie Preest from Lydney taking home The Royal Forest of Dean Campus Ambassador Award and 18-year-old Nataley Simpson from Chepstow The Jake Marlowe Award for Independent Research.

Guests were greeted by a welcome from Principal Matthew Burgess before each awarded student received a certificate, trophy and £50 Amazon voucher, Assistant Site Principal Sandra Tyrrell gave a vote of thanks and guests celebrated with a barbecue and live music.

The College, its staff and students were joined by sponsors from across the Forest of Dean and beyond, including The Warranty Group, Versarien, Griffiths Marshall, Treowen, Creed, Two Rivers Housing, Forest of Dean Disctrict Council, Mike Etheridge Construction, Gloucestershire Care Services (NHS), Dermalogica and Five Acres Nissan.

Assistant Site Principal, Sandra Tyrrell, said: “The RFD Student Success Awards are a real highlight on the College calendar and a testament to our students’ hard work over the past year. They are not just a way to recognise our students’ academic achievements but also to celebrate those who have progressed further than they might have expected and turned their lives around with Gloucestershire College.

“We were delighted to welcome more local business sponsors than ever this year, who were able to see just what our students have achieved, and would like to thank all who came to celebrate this momentous occasion with us.”

For more information about the courses available at Gloucestershire College’s Royal Forest of Dean Campus visit or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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