Nelson and Colne College had an impressive night at a glittering awards ceremony – with two students walking away with winning gongs.

A Level student Lotte Gleeson, 18, picked up the Achievement in Academia award, while Creative and Digital’s Amy Finn, 18, was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Burnley and Pendle Youth Achievement Awards.

Taking place at Burnley Youth Theatre, the evening also saw NCC’s Beauty student Samantha Whitley and A Level student Carly Nuttall become a finalist in the Young Carer of the Year category and the Achievement in Academia category respectively. Lotte and Samantha were also selected as finalists for the overall Young Person of the Year, based on the strength of their nominations.

Creative and Digital lecturer Sarah Holmes said: “To see the hard work of our students rewarded is such a pleasure – well done to Amy and the other NCC candidates. This is the second award success for Amy this year, with her being Commended in the national BTEC Student of the Year Awards. She has worked so hard throughout the course, gaining her own commissions and invaluable work experience, and we are positive our young entrepreneur will continue to thrive as she develops her skills after College.”

One hundred guests attended the awards ceremony, with entertainment provided by musicians Small Giants and acoustic duo Patrick and Will. Oliver Daley was the compere for the evening and special guest Cody Frost – The Voice finalist – presented the awards to the winners, and wowed the audience with some beautiful songs at the end of the evening.

Nelson and Colne College Principal Amanda Melton said: “We are very proud that all our nominees made it through to the finals of the Burnley and Pendle Youth Achievement Awards, and that Lotte and Amy walked away as winners.

Lotte studied A Levels here at NCC, and is now off to the University of Oxford to read Physics, while Amy studied a BTEC in Creative and Digital, and is taking a gap year to build her portfolio before progressing to the University of Central Lancashire next year to study Photography.

“We are committed to helping all our students take the right steps towards their aspirations, and it is lovely to see so many this year achieving their goals and heading off to top Universities across the country – as well as starting apprenticeships or jobs. These awards are hugely deserved, well done to all!”

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