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Learners who have been working towards supported learning qualifications at South Staffordshire College came together last month to celebrate their achievements at the College’s annual graduation ceremonies.
The events, which were held at the College’s Rodbaston Hall, took place on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June, provided learners who have recently completed their studies with the opportunity to share their successes with the family, friends and staff who have supported them on their journey.
A highlight in the College calendar, the graduation ceremonies honour the achievements of all those who have gained qualifications in subjects including Pathways to Education, Apprenticeships and Training (PEAT), Routes to Independence and Employment, Routes to Vocational Education, Socialisation and Communication and Routes to College.
Learners Thomas Wright and Laura Morgan, pictured with South Staffordshire College Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley (Right) and Principal and Deputy Chief Executive Rob Boucherat (Left) were some of many successful learners to graduate.
Once again, this year saw hundreds of learners successfully complete their study programmes and gain the recognition they deserved for their hard work and commitment as they were presented with certificates by the College’s Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley.
Additional accolades were awarded to students from all campuses who stood out to staff as ‘shining stars’ during the course of their studies. Learners Shane Boyes, Morgan Andrews, Amy Silvester, Natalie Davis, Paige Gough, Jadeine Evans, Leighton Clark, Annabel Morrissey, Luke Lawton, Anthony Walker, Raquel Elliott, Ricky McMahon, Calum O’Connor and Cameron Jones, were each named ‘Learner of the Year’, while ‘Most Improved Learner’ awards went to Sophie Keen, Thomas Preece, Thomas Haynes, Kane Lonsdale, Sarah White, Sam Johnston, Jade Webley, Matthew Smith, Chloe Tracey, Jack Johnson, Benjamin Bayliss, Hannah Davis, Charlotte Mumford and Kyle Beach.
Students who completed their studies at the College’s specialist ‘Futures@SSC’ facility were also recognised during their own awards ceremony. These learners have each completed personalised employability and independence programmes that include speech and language therapy, plus personal and social development skills through a range of vocational opportunities including Animal Care, Business Administration and Sport. Catering for learners with a range of complex needs and disabilities, the centre provides a unique opportunity for young people from across the region to benefit from specialist education and training that is designed to help them realise their full potential.
Speaking after the ceremonies, Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley said ““Our graduation ceremonies are amongst the most rewarding moments of the year here at South Staffordshire College and 2017 has been no exception. Our learners have all worked extremely hard to achieve their goals and are a true inspiration, we’re extremely proud of them all. I would like to congratulate all of our graduates and wish them the very best as they embark on their future. It’s been a genuine pleasure to welcome so many proud parents, guardians, other family members and friends to the College to share in the learner’s successes. I’d also like to thank our dedicated staff, who have once again nurtured and supported the learners during their time with us, paving the way for positive, rewarding futures.”
To find out more about the full range of supported learning opportunities at South Staffordshire College, or to sign up online in just 25 seconds, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk