The outstanding achievements of Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form’s Vocational students have been celebrated at a special ‘Stars’ Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 28th August.

2014 has been another hugely successful year for the College and students achieved a 99.8% Vocational pass rate. Latest Government data from the Department for Education, showed the Schools and Colleges Performance Tables – these demonstrate just how outstanding Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is!

The College is the 3rd highest performing college in the country for young Apprenticeship (16-18 year old) success. It is also the BEST in the area for Vocational grades.

The 2014 Stars Vocational Student Awards Ceremony was held at the College’s own restaurant and bistro, Farringtons. Tutors who have been with the students from the beginning of their time at the College were present to mingle with Star students and their guests and congratulate them on their success, whilst enjoying a Bucks Fizz reception and canapés.

College Principal, Amanda Melton welcomed guests to the ceremony before handing over to special guest, Jane Cleaver, Managing Director from Printoff Graphic Arts Ltd & Concept4. Jane is also the Chair of the Board on the College’s Career Academy and she gave a moving and inspirational speech, using examples from her own experiences to illustrate how one can go on to  create a great career path and achieve their dream job, with hard work and dedication to self-development. Jane then presented prizes to the hardworking and high performing students.

In interviews conducted during the glittering ceremony, the Star students gave praise and thanks to the unsung heroes: the tutors who have supported and guided them for the past two years. Laura Rigby, a 19 year old former student of Colne Primet Academy, said that, “I would recommend Nelson and Colne every time because of the high teaching quality.” Yasin Zaman, 27 from Walton High School, said, “the tutors are absolute stars – they never give up.”

College Principal, Amanda Melton said, “Our Vocational Awards Ceremony marks the culmination of a lot of hard work and achievement for our students and it is exciting to see so many of our Vocational Stars progressing into their chosen job or university placement. We expect great things from our students and they don’t let us down. With support from their families and my wonderful team of staff, I am always staggered by what they go on to achieve. My sincerest congratulations to every winner – you are role models for what hard work and determination can achieve!”