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Lakes College celebrates School Provision awards

Year 11 students from schools across west Cumbria gathered at Lakes College for the annual School Provision awards ceremony on Wednesday 10th May. 40 learners who have been studying for vocational qualifications at the college collected certificates and awards in recognition of their hard work over the academic year.

Pupils from Keswick School, Workington Academy, St Joseph’s in Workington, Solway School, Beacon Hill and St Benedict’s in Whitehaven, each received an individual certificate presented to them by Lakes College Principal Chris Nattress, and awards were also given for attendance and special achievement. Parents and staff from the relevant schools also attended the event.

The pupils studied across a range of courses including catering, motor vehicle, hair and beauty, and construction. They have now gained a nationally recognised qualification, which they can put on their CV and which will count towards their future education.

Pamela Mattinson, Schools Co-Ordinator at Lakes College and event organiser said:The awards ceremony gives us the opportunity to celebrate the success of our Year 11 school students whether it be for academic results or outstanding progress. It is important we come together as a community to recognise the school students’ achievements, which will hopefully pave the way to a future vocational career.”

The winner of the Ready, Respectful, Potential Award went to James Spedding from Keswick School, for 100% attendance and being one of the most naturally gifted students on the course during the last 10 years. He was also a recipient of a Lakes College Achievement Award.

James, 16, from Arlecdon, said, “I loved everything about the course. I loved having the hands on experience, and my tutors were great.”

The School Award was presented to Solway School for excellent attendance from all its pupils, every learner working towards fulfilling their potential and for providing outstanding support to its students.

Tom Hailwood, Deputy Head at Solway, commented, “I’m very proud of the children and all of the effort they’ve put in over the past two years, especially Shea Wilson for winning an Achievement Award. We are delighted to accept this award and we look forward to working with the college again in the future.”

Chris Nattress, Principal at Lakes College, said: “We are very pleased with this year’s students, who have all worked extremely hard and have gone a long way towards fulfilling their potential. We are delighted to be able to help them develop their technical skills through the School Provision programme, and we’re looking forward to welcoming over 75% of students on the programme back to the College in September.”