Thursday 30th March saw staff, students and their families gathering at Wilberforce Sixth Form College, in East Hull, to highlight the many outstanding achievements of its students. A range of awards and prizes were presented, recognising the success of students in various academic subject areas as well as their wider talents in community service, entrepreneurship, artistic performances and sporting ability. Special commendations for outstanding individual achievements throughout the year were also made.
A delighted College Principal, David Cooper, commented:
”Student achievement in 2016 was simply outstanding and saw Wilberforce celebrating the third year running of the best exam results achieved by its students since the College opened. Advanced Level achievement was 99% pass rate with BTEC Diploma pass rate 99.8%!!
Every year, the performance of Wilberforce students never fails to impress me. These qualifications are tough and challenging, and this success is the outcome of some exceptional hard work and sheer commitment of which our young people, their families and the community can be immensely proud. We know these qualifications can be life changing, opening up routes to the top universities and professions. Wilberforce graduates now play leading roles in medicine, law, digital initiatives and education. The students whose achievements we are celebrating tonight will be superbly equipped to be at the heart of the exciting developments in the city of Hull.”
The College was delighted to welcome guest speaker Sophie Holmes, Accountant and Charity Manager at 360 Chartered Accountants, a key partner in supporting students at the sixth form college including providing work experience opportunities. The University of Hull kindly sponsored the special curriculum awards plus ‘The University of Hull Excellence Award’ and these were presented by Lynne Braham.
Highlights of the event were the University of Hull Excellence Award for outstanding academic achievement which went to Cameron Bertholini, the Principal’s award for Achievement presented to James Larvin and the Principal’s Alumni Award to ex-student Jack Took.
Principal Resourcing kindly sponsored this year’s curriculum awards and Mary McBain, Business Manager, from the company attended to present these. Hull Rotary Club also sponsored a Community Service Award to Kelsey Stansfield for using her St Johns Ambulance volunteering training to provide calm and lifesaving skills when she witnessed a road traffic accident.
The evenings’ proceedings also featured entertainment showcasing the talent and skills of the College’s Performing Arts students with singing performances from Rachel Whittle, Sebastian Paolini and Ashley Winks.