Kendal College award winners take centre stage

09 Sep 2015

More than 50 awards were handed out at Kendal College’s annual celebration of student achievements this summer.

Gemma Martin and Jamie MacDonald

The Student Awards recognise the efforts of all full and part-time students who studied at the College during the 2014/2015 term, including apprentices, further education and higher education learners.

The Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 25th June and was attended by Deputy Mayor of Kendal, Councillor Stephen Coleman.

Certificates and bursary awards were presented to the winners by the College’s Heads of Service. Two students, Gemma Martin and Jamie MacDonald also received the ‘Outstanding Student of the Year’ accolade.  

Both students have been at Kendal College for three years and have just finished the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts. Jamie, 18 from Barrow-in-Furness has worked tirelessly throughout the course and enjoyed it so much that he has already volunteered to come back to help the College with next year’s production.

Gemma, 18 from Kendal has secured a coveted university place at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London - one of the country’s leading establishments in the Dramatic Arts. Current vice presidents of the School include world-renowned voice coach, Cicely Berry CBE, American actress Carrie Fisher and British actor, writer, presenter, and comedian, Stephen Fry.

Another of this year’s award-winners was 17-year old Glen Alderson from Burneside. Glen, who has just completed his Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business, has recently qualified for a £3,000 scholarship at Lancaster University for achieving A*A*A* equivalent grades. Glen plans to go on to study a degree in Business and Management this year.

Lecturer in Business, Heather Willan, said: “Glen came to the college straight from school and has achieved the equivalent of 3 A* grades, which has secured him a place at Lancaster University to study a Business and Management degree. He has had excellent attendance and juggled college with part-time work as well as being this year’s Student Representative. He deserves this award for his overall dedication and effort to his coursework and we wish him all the best with his continued studies at university.”

Graham Wilkinson, Principal at Kendal College, said: “This is one of the most important events on the College calendar as it gives both our tutors and students the chance to reflect on their hard work and individual achievements over the last 12 months.

“I would like to congratulate all of the winners for their academic and vocational efforts and wish them all the best in the future.”

To view photos of all of this year’s 52 award winners, visit www.kendal.ac.uk/awards2015

Kendal College is the only Ofsted Outstanding rated College in Cumbria and North Lancashire and offers a range of courses for all ages including degree and HNC/HND courses at higher education level.

For more information on the current range of courses and apprenticeships available call 01539 814700.