School pupils graduate from vocational programmes at Derby College

Published on: Wednesday, 16th May 2018

More than 100 pupils from schools across Derby and Derbyshire have graduated from vocational study programmes at Derby College.

Pupils were joined by more than 100 guests, including their families, teachers and head teachers from the schools for the Pre-16 graduation ceremony at Derby College’s the Roundhouse campus in Pride Park to celebrate their success.  

Year 11 graduates included those from Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton.  They were presented with certificates to mark the end of two years’ work at Derby College and many of the students will now be returning to the College on full time programmes in September.

Special recognition certificates were awarded to the ‘Most Outstanding’ and ‘Most Improved’ pupils in each vocational area and a Year 10 pupil from each academy was also honoured under the ‘Rising Stars’ awards.

In Hair and Beauty, the Year 10 Rising Star award went to Chloe Farrant from Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Amongst recipients of 'Rising Star' awards was Robert Naylor from Ormiston Ilkeston Academy.

The graduates were congratulated officially by Helen Shepherd, Headteacher of the Royal School for the Deaf Derby, which has a long association with the College.

Pre-16 programme alumni, Matthew Woodhouse and Tom Dakin, who have now progressed onto full time programmes at the College also spoke about their experiences and how that has helped them since leaving school.

Derby College Vice Principal Kate Martin concluded: “Our role as a College is to prepare individuals for the next stage in their lives. It is wonderful to see how much these young people have achieved during their time at College through our pre-16 Schools Partnership programme.

“I want to wish all the Class of 2018 the very best of luck in the next stages of their education and training.”

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