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Jack Petchey honours for deserving students

Six students have received Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for their outstanding contribution to the College community or for overcoming personal adversity and showing great dedication to their studies.

Ivy Masiga, Steven Groom, Hannah Barnes, Alice Sellar, Leslie Ogodo-Avbara and Cathleen Sagisi were chosen as winners by the College Union from a large number of nominees who were put forward by their fellow students or staff.


Ivy Masiga

Ivy was nominated for her selfless volunteering for charity and for helping out in a variety of ways at College, always with a smile on her face. She has been an inspiring role model for younger students and was said to ‘go far and beyond for anyone’. Ivy has also completed the NCS (National Citizen Service) Challenge and has achieved the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award but has always been committed to every aspect of her studies, making the most of every learning and enrichment opportunity presented to her.

Steven Groom

Steven has overcome personal adversity and loss within his family to achieve a Distinction* in his Business Studies BTEC course and a Double Distinction* in his ICT BTEC Diploma. The staff member who nominated him said: “Throughout Steven’s time here he  has had a lot of outside difficulties to cope with for such a young man, but he continually worked hard in and out of class to achieve fantastic results.”

Hannah Barnes

Hannah blossomed into a highly independent Art and Photography student who took her studies very seriously during her time at College.  Hannah showed great courage and determination by facing up to her personal challenges and took brave steps towards her recovery. She created some fantastic quality photographs and produced work of a professional standard.

Alice Sellar

Alice has dedicated much of her free time to helping out with numerous projects and initiatives across College. She is also part of the Student Council, she volunteers on Open Days, she attends the Debate Society every week and is often to be found promoting enrichment opportunities for her fellow students. As well as all this, Alice manages to keep on top of her College studies and is always willing to lend a hand to other students who are struggling with their work.


Leslie Ogodo-Avbara

Leslie has restarted his College studies after not achieving the grades he expected last year. Since restarting, he has shown that he is committed to seizing the opportunity to work hard to get the best possible grades at the end of his course. The quality of his work is very detailed and he often goes over and beyond what is required, completing this extra work outside of the classroom. His work ethic is similar across all of his courses and it deserves to be recognised.

Cathleen Sagisi

Cathleen became fully involved with the College Council and was one of the most prominent members who went out of her way to fulfil her duties. She was part of the College volleyball team and also played table tennis - coming 4th in the Nationals. She volunteered for many College activities, such as running and managing the badminton group, helping at Open Days and playing a key role in RAG week.


The Award winners received a framed certificate, a pin badge, a boxed medallion and £250 to be spent on a project of their choice which will benefit a group of young people.

Ian Budge, Associate Principal for Learner Resource, Culture and Behaviour, said: “These students are a credit to the College. It was a really tough decision for the College Union as there were lots of worthy nominations, but the six successful winners thoroughly deserve recognition.

“The Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme enables our College to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of students who have contributed to the College or local community in a significant way. Whether this be through overcoming personal adversity, volunteering to help others or showing great dedication, for example, to sport, music or art, we want to applaud this.”