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High-achieving students honoured at Upper Sixth Awards Evening

Outstanding students were celebrated for their brilliant academic successes at an end of year Upper Sixth Awards Evening on Wednesday.

There were so many students who achieved mainly A*, A and Distinction* grades in their A Levels and BTEC courses that the college had to hold two separate presentations as the theatre was not big enough to fit everyone in.

Following a drinks reception, parents, staff and friends watched as the successful students were presented with certificates and book vouchers by Principal Paul Wakeling during the two ceremonies.

BTEC performance this year at the sixth form is in the top 20% in the country and GCSE and Level 2 BTEC results have also been very good.

Former student Tele Lawal, who is now a Councillor for the London Borough of Havering, returned to give an inspirational speech. At 22, Tele was the youngest Labour Party Councillor on Havering Council and one of the youngest councillors to be elected in the UK.

Tele said: “Six years ago when I left this sixth form I had no idea I would be standing here as a local councillor talking to you all. My journey was not a straightforward one and I was not the perfect student, but I took every opportunity I was offered and, along with the support of my tutors at college and my family, I managed to channel my energy and passion in the right way and I now absolutely love being in politics. You all have bright futures ahead of you too – just make sure you take every opportunity that you can.”

Proud Principal, Paul Wakeling, said: “This evening is to celebrate our highest performing students who are all exceptional young people. They have really applied themselves and worked incredibly hard. But not only has their commitment and dedication to their studies had an effect on their own futures, it has had a great effect on many of their fellow classmates, and that really is something to celebrate. We wish them luck as they leave college and move on to exciting futures.”

Around 700 students are expected to go to university and many will be starting apprenticeships or employment. Our dedicated in-house careers and university service, The CUBE, helps our students to progress to fantastic destinations each year.