Derby College Peak Performers

Derby College has officially recognised the hard work and dedication of students and staff at the 7th annual Peak Awards event held for the first time this year at The Roundhouse vocational campus.

Derbyshire, United Kingdom, August 14, 2010 --( More than students and staff were presented with awards at the glittering ceremony which was organised as the climax of the College’s Celebration Week – organised to showcase the talents of students across all campuses.

The Peak Award winners ranged from A level and vocational students who joined the College from school to mature students and company employees who have completed qualifications in the workplace. Teaching and support staff who have made a special contribution to College life were also recognised.

Principal David Croll told the audience of staff, students, their family and friends and local businesses who sponsored individual awards that the Peak Awards were always a special celebration of achievement.

“I am so moved every year to hear about the success that our students have achieved, often against the odds. This is a wonderful opportunity to applaud those successes and offer encouragement for them all to go on and achieve even greater things in the future.”

Among the Peak Award recipients was Jessica Loveless (18) who was highly commended in the Academic Studies student of the year award.

Jessica missed many of her exams earlier this year when she was struck down with glandular fever but has battled to get back on track and is now hoping that her efforts will lead to three A grades at A level and a place at University College London to study medicine.

Freddie Abbott-Howes (18) from Duffield was awarded the Engineering Excellence Award in recognition of his hard work which has earned him a place at the University of Loughborough next year to study mechanical engineering.

“Winning this award has been the icing on the cake for my two years at College which have been brilliant. It is great to finish on a high and particularly to receive the award at The Roundhouse which has been such a great place to study in the past year.”

An engineer at Derbyshire County Council, Chris Martin from Matlock, was among the mature learners who have completed work-based qualifications.

Chris, who recently retired as the GB junior kayaking team coach, is studying an ILM Level seven certificate in Executive Management with the College and received the Business Services Award.

He said: “The skills I have learnt through the College have helped me both at work and in my coaching of young people.”

Derby College
Sarah Jenkin-Jones
01332 387426
Derby College Marketing