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Newham College Honours Its Shining Stars

Mar 13, 2018

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Newham College honoured its most exceptional students at its annual Shining Stars Awards Ceremony on Thursday 29th June 2017.

This celebratory occasion was held to commemorate a range of outstanding successes.

Hundreds of guests attended the event at the College’s East Ham campus. Local and national employers, college staff and governors  and members of the press joined industry leaders, London Borough of Newham Councillors, Stephen Timms MP, celebrity speakers, student nominees and their guests. Tessa Sanderson CBE co-hosted the ceremony and special guests included sports and entertainment agent Jon Smith and Arsenal Fan TV presenter Robbie Lyle.

It was the final Newham College event for Newham College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Di Gowland, who retired the next day. She said: “It’s been a particularly remarkable year at the College, with more students than ever progressing to Oxford and Cambridge as well to Russell group Universities. The Shining Stars Awards highlight the very best of these accomplishments.  Di also said: ‘Recent figures from the Education and Skills Funding Agency have shown that Newham College has the highest overall achievement rates in London. The fact that nominees and winners have been singled out from 11,000 of these students shows just how extraordinary their achievements are!”

Students at every level were rewarded for their efforts and those who didn’t win received a highly commended certificate. The accolades ranged from Student of the Year to the Outstanding Contribution to College Life Award.

All the awards were sponsored by businesses and organisations including Aspers Group Ltd, Gateway Qualifications, Goldline Car Services, JLL Ltd, Maze 8 Recruitment, Café Football, London Borough of Newham,  University of East London, McDonald’s, Newham Chamber of Commerce, The Newham Recorder, Cleanheat and Capita Managed IT Solutions. The generous support of these and many other sponsors resulted in £51,413.50 being raised for the Learning Revolution Trust. This money will help remove financial barriers to education faced by many east London students.

Martin Cumella, Chair of the Learning Revolution Trust said: “A number of nominees and award winning students have tackled huge challenges to get this far, their successes are exemplary.  We work to ensure that many more people from Newham and east London can benefit from the opportunity to do equally as well as them.”

New Newham College Principal and Chief Executive Paul Stephen said: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners and the staff members who supported their endeavours. It was such a fantastic evening – what a great college I am joining!”


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