Students from Yorkshire Coast College enjoyed a taste of Hollywood glamour as their successes were celebrated at an Oscar themed awards night.
The college invited learners, staff and special guests to its annual Brilliance Awards at its Westwood Campus.
Almost 70 pupils were presented with awards by the college’s principal Clare Wareing in one of two glittering ceremonies hosted by the college’s head of Creative Sian Harrison.
Special guests included the headteachers of George Pindar, Lady Lumley’s and Scalby Schools.
The College’s Westwood Campus was transformed for an Oscar themed arrival with students performing paparazzi and showgirls, red carpets and even a ‘Westwood’ sign.
Guests were also invited to sample a selection of canapés specially prepared by the hospitality students.
Mrs Wareing said: “This is a time of celebration and acknowledgement of the hard work of the students and the support they have received from their families and friends.
“Yorkshire Coast College continues to go from strength to strength and through the achievements of our students and the hard work of our staff, we will continue to focus on putting students first in all that we do and on ensuring continual and sustainable development in teaching and learning.
“It makes me proud to be able to celebrate their hard work and achievements with their families, friends, college staff, governors of the College, local headteachers and our partners in industry.”
Entertainment was provided by the Westwood Band and featured the song ‘Brilliant Tonight’, written for the occasion by music tutor John Pattison, which formed part of a set performed by Creative Arts students.
Two students Jamie Dunn and Susan Welburn were presented with the Principal’s Trophies, which are awarded annually to students who have excelled during their time at the college.
Level 3 Engineering student Jamie Dunn, is sixteen and a former pupil from Graham School. Jamie has always dreamed of becoming a Train Driver. He said: “I have really enjoyed making new friends and it’s been really good at the College. I can’t actually become a Train Driver until I’m 21 so at the moment I’m going to carry on working at the North Bay Railway.”
Jamie received an award as the Level 3 Engineering Student of the Year and was also awarded the Principal’s Trophy for the dedication he showed throughout his training.
Adult learner, Susan Welburn, 43, has three grown children and after caring for her grandfather for seven years she decided it was time to do something for herself.
Susan enrolled to train for a Health and Social Care qualification while also volunteering at Scarborough Hospital for three days a week.
She said: “I decided to enrol at Yorkshire Coast College because, while my children were growing up, I studied a few different qualifications at one of their learning centres so I already had a relationship with them. I’ve really enjoyed being at the college. When you’re a Mum you sometimes don’t have a lot of time so it’s been nice to do something for myself and make new friends.”
Susan received the Gail Willis Memorial Trophy and was awarded the Principal’s Trophy because of the commitment she has shown throughout her studies and her caring attitude towards other learners.
Susan continued: “The helpfulness of the staff has made learning at the college so special. I was probably one of the oldest in the class and it was great to work with a group of people so different to me.”
To see a full list of award recipients log onto www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk