19 July 2017

The personal and academic achievements of more than 150 Bilborough Sixth Form College students were celebrated at an awards evening.

Principal Chris Bradford welcomed the audience of staff, governors, representatives presenting external awards, students and their families to the event at Nottingham Trent University.

In the programme, he wrote:

“We’re taking the opportunity to get together once again and recognise some impressive individual achievements which illustrate what Bilborough Sixth Form College is all about. Our award winners represent the most deserving of all of the students who have worked so hard over the last two years in different ways to make outstanding academic progress to overcome problems and barriers and to support each other and the college community as a whole.

“As they prepare to take the next steps in their careers we’re delighted that friends and families along with external partners, college staff and governors have the chance to celebrate their success with them. We hope and expect that this will be another enjoyable evening, a powerful reminder of what our young people are capable of and what Bilborough College is all about.”

External awards were presented to Christopher Wilkinson, who won the Sheffield Hallam Annual Academic Excellence Shield, Jonathan Chandler took home the University of Derby Achievement Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the Conor O’Hara BTec Award was presented to Jessica Astley.

The Di Sully Enrichment Award went to Ikra Mahmood while two students, Daniel Wolff and Lucy Stanton-Lynch, won the Student Theatrical Production Award.

Special honours went to Muchen Li who won the Gretel Schmit Award for Outstanding Achievement. Frederik Pashley Johnson scooped the Oliver Walton Award for Musical Excellence.

The Don Scott Community Spirit Award went to Dildar Ali Khan while Olivier Niyibizi won the Martin Slattery Award for Ethos, Excellence and Enrichment.

Ex-Bilborough student Christian Weaver, who currently sits as the UK’s Youth Delegate to the Congress of the Council of Europe, was guest speaker at the event. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2016 after completing Law School. He talked about his own experience at Bilborough College and his life since leaving.

He said:

“To get far you have to be prepared to fail and just remember to go for what you want in life. You have to master your inner voice and then the outside can do you no harm. I have trained myself to think positively. You are all at a very interesting and exciting time in your lives and you need to take control of your lives and be yourselves.”

Bilborough Sixth Form College caters for students aged 16 to 19 years old, wanting to study AS and A-levels, BTEC or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in an academic, supportive and sociable environment.

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