14 July 2016

The successes of more than 120 Bilborough Sixth Form College students were celebrated at an awards evening held at Nottingham Trent University.

Principal Chris Bradford welcomed the audience of staff, governors, representatives presenting external awards, students and their families.

He said:

“We will be recognising students who have made excellent academic progress, overcome personal issues and setbacks, students who have contributed to the lives of others and the community. They are a real credit to the college and we would like to thank the families, staff and peers who have supported them.”

External awards were presented to Thomas Smith who won the Sheffield Hallam Annual Academic Excellence Shield, Ezekiel Gbadeyan took home the University of Derby Progression Award and the Chartered Management Institute Awards were presented to 12 college ambassadors.

The Di Sully Enrichment Award went to Kirsty Law while two students, Jacob Seelochan and Emma Knight, won the Student Theatrical Production Award.

Special honours went to Deanna Ward who won the Gretel Schmit Award for Outstanding Achievement, Heather Blore scooped the Oliver Walton Award for Musical Excellence.

The Don Scott Community Spirit Award went to Ruqiya Malik while Alex Cargill and Cara Thompson were joint winners of the Martin Slattery Award for Ethos, Excellence and Enrichment.

Keynote speakers at the event were former students Edward Boott, who is the artistic director of Nonsuch Theatre Company in Nottingham and social entrepreneur Anisah Osman Britton, both just 23 years old.

Edward left Bilborough College in 2010 and went on to train at Rose Bruford College and Rea Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico in Madrid.

He said:

“Creativity is the buzzword of the moment. I cannot stress how fundamental creativity is, it has lead me to where I am today. It’s about playing, learning and not accepting things at face value.

“It is a fact that in this country things are going to shift and we need to be creative to ensure we come out in a better place. Be bold, think big, dream big. If you come up with ideas be bold enough to sell them. Being bold is one of the core aims of our programme.

“You also have to build your own opportunities. Nothing is going to be given to you on a plate, there is nothing that can be described as a career any more so it’s about building a portfolio of work. You have to turn everything into a positive.”

Anisah, after travelling and working in numerous countries around the world, now runs a coding school for women, where for every paying student they teach a disadvantaged woman in India. She urged students to embrace technology, travel, teach and be taught, be creative and political.

She said:

“Technology is going to affect every single one of you; developers are the superheroes of the future. Travel as much as you can, build something meaningful and let your voice be heard.”

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.