The red carpet was rolled out, canapés were circulated and the fizz flowed as students dressed up for Nelson and Colne College’s ‘2017 Stars’ Student Awards Ceremony.

A Level and vocational students and apprentices enjoyed an evening of glitz and glamour as they gathered among family, friends, college staff and dignitaries at the annual end of year celebration as they prepare to start their next journey at university, in employment or as an Apprentice.

Individual subject awards were handed out for students who have excelled throughout their time at NCC, while a series of special awards were also presented to those with exceptional academic attainment, those who have given outstanding contribution to College life or those who overcame adversity to achieve success.

It has been a stellar year for the college’s results, with a 99.7% pass rate at A Level and 100% pass rate for vocational studies.

Tyron Tuzara, 18, won the subject award for Games Programming and Software Development and the overall Gold Award for vocational studies. He is progressing on to Staffordshire University to study Games Art.

The former Blessed Trinity RC College student said: “It feels great and I’m very proud. All the hard work has paid off. I would like to thank all of my teachers for their support and the opportunities they have given me over the last two years.

“I have really developed and furthered my knowledge in the field and I think what I have learned at College has prepared me very well for university.”

Paige Ramsden, who collected the overall Gold Award for A Levels as well as the Physics prize, is heading off to the University of Birmingham to study Physics and Astrophysics.

Paige, 18, formerly of Sir John Thursby Community College, said: “I can’t believe it! I’m very happy! I really wanted to win the Physics Award but the Gold Award is a complete surprise. I didn’t expect it at all.

“I think the thing I have really enjoyed at College is the independence, but if I have ever needed any support, all you have to do is ask. My teachers have been amazing and really helpful.”

According to the latest government data, Nelson and Colne College is the top college in the country for learner achievement and it is the best college in Lancashire for A Levels, based on progress scores.

NCC is also second nationally for its 16-18 Apprenticeship success, the number one college in the area for vocational courses and is the top college in Lancashire for student satisfaction.

The next Year 11 Open Events held at NCC will take place on Monday 9th October and on Monday 13th November, both between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. There will also be a dedicated Apprenticeship Open Event held at College on Monday 23rd October from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

The full list of award winners is:

A Level

Applied ICT – Amaan Warsi; Biology – Samiha Hussain and Ateeq Jamil; Business – Jack Harris; Chemistry – Komal Younas; Computer Science – Nathaniel Williams; English Language – Jamaal Iqbal; English Literature – Anna Stephenson; Fashion and Textiles – Olivia Cambridge; Film Studies – Georgia Smithies; Fine Art – Abigail Sparshott; French – Nicole Clutterbrook; Further Mathematics – Joshua Foulds; Geography – Matthew Keating; Geology – Claudia Aggett; Government and Politics – Madison Hoyles; Graphic Design – Claudia Aggett; History – Millie Martin; Law – Thea Kelly; Mathematics – Oliver Robertson; Media Studies – Tom McGoldrick; Religious Studies – Ammani Husna; Photography – Duncan Thompson; Physics – Paige Ramsden; Psychology – Justyna Miloszewska; Sociology – Anisah Shah; Spanish – Alex Lord; Theatre Studies – Charlotte Smith.


Beauty Therapy – Zinat Begum; Business – John Nelson; Childcare – Sobia Kaiser; Engineering – Ahsan Ali; Hairdressing – Caitlin Scarlett; Health and Social Care – Fiona-Rose Brotherton; ICT Multimedia – Vincent Dixon; ICT – Games Programming and Software Development – Tyron Tuzara; Uniformed Services – Jessica Bracewell; Science – Bradley Edwards; Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team – Lewis Richmond; Sport – Leah Hillman.


Business Administration – Samantha Pilkington; Catering – Alice Mitton; Childcare – Sophie Barker; Engineering – James Pomfret; Hairdressing – Emily Dewhurst.

Young Leaders

Bogdan Smalko; Georgina Holroyd-Blanc; Hajrah Zafer; Samiyah Farid; Nabeeah Ahmed; Maleehah Tariq; Sumayyah Asghar.


Gold Award (A Level) – Paige Ramsden; Gold Award (Vocational) – Tyron Tuzara; Gold Award (work based learning) – Samantha Pilkington; Barbara Ann English Memorial Prize (for the highest achiever in English Literature) – Sophie Ainsworth; Abraham Leaver Trust Fund – Christian Bell; Walter Parker Memorial Prize (for studying an industrial or commercial subject) – Caitlin Scarlett; Barker Leaver Prize (for showing greatest diligence) – Sophie Ainsworth; Outstanding Achievement Awards – Bradley Edwards, Aneesa Ashraf and Jack Harris; Extracurricular award – Joshua Connor; The Fort Prize (for the highest achieving student) – Oliver Robertson.

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