College stars shine at awards

130723a    Julie Bramwell, left, Natalie Harrison, principal Clare Wareing, and Sian Harrison at the Yorkshire Coast College Star Awards to honour outstanding staff. Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013
130723a Julie Bramwell, left, Natalie Harrison, principal Clare Wareing, and Sian Harrison at the Yorkshire Coast College Star Awards to honour outstanding staff. Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013

The stars who help run one of Scarborough’s largest colleges have been rewarded for their services to education.

Scarborough’s mayor Cllr Helen Mallory joined local dignitaries in celebrating business support and teaching staff from Yorkshire Coast College, who were honoured in this year’s Star Awards.

130723d Guests Richard Frank, MD of the Crown Spa Hotel, left, Graham Towse, deputy principal of the Grimsby Group of Colleges, Roger Cannon, Mayor Helen Mallory, YCC principal Clare Wareing, Sue Middlehurst, principal of the Grimsby Group, and Rob Millar, MD of Bluebird Vehicles, at the Yorkshire Coast College Star Awards to honour outstanding staff. Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013

130723d Guests Richard Frank, MD of the Crown Spa Hotel, left, Graham Towse, deputy principal of the Grimsby Group of Colleges, Roger Cannon, Mayor Helen Mallory, YCC principal Clare Wareing, Sue Middlehurst, principal of the Grimsby Group, and Rob Millar, MD of Bluebird Vehicles, at the Yorkshire Coast College Star Awards to honour outstanding staff. Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013

The ceremony, held at the college’s Fledglings Restaurant, saw 11 awards presented to staff who had excelled at work over the past year.

The awards were presented by member of the Board of Governors Roger Cannon, who said: “The young people at this college deserve the best and it falls upon us, the Board of Governors, to ensure they get the best.

“In rewarding these individuals we are recognising a group of people who have made a big different to the College, the young people who learn at the College and they intend to make a big difference to these students and their employers of the future.”

One award winner, Margaret Calver, a learning tutor in Hospitality and Catering, has worked at Yorkshire Coast College for 28 years. She was awarded the Yorkshire Coast College Star Award for Teacher, Training and Learning Practitioner 2012.

Mrs Calver said: “It’s an honour to win this award as the nominations are made by other people I work with – that makes it very special. I just love teaching and I love my job.

“I must admit it made me a bit fidgety being sat in the restaurant rather than working with the learners in the kitchen but, as always, they’ve done an amazing job.”

Clare Wareing, the new principal of Yorkshire Coast College, said: “It’s a great privilege to be the Principal of Yorkshire Coast College and I am delighted the Star Awards has been my first formal event.

“The evening was made very special with a performance from Access to Music learner, Robyn Keech, and excellent food service from the hospitality staff and learners.

“Of course the evening was for the ‘stars’ themselves and I want to congratulate them all and thank them for their outstanding work.”

Star Awards 2013 were presented to the following:

Support Role Award 2012 presented to Natalie Harrison

Learning Support Award 2012 presented to Terry Jones

Teacher, Training and Learning Practitioner Award 2012 presented to Margaret Calver

Innovation Award 2012 presented to Carl Sellars

Unsung Hero Award 2012 presented to Mike Stather

Skills for Life Award 2012 presented to Stuart Mawer

Leadership Award 2012 presented to Sian Harrison

Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 presented to Geoff Adams

Striving for Excellence Award 2012 presented to Alison Hodgson

Engaging Employers Award 2012 presented to Julie Bramwell