Thursday 12th January 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 pleased to welcome guest speaker Deborah Green, Director of Student Recruitment from the University of Hull, a key partner in supporting students at the sixth form college. Deborah presented the special curriculum awards plus ‘The University of Hull Excellence Award’ and commented:
“It is a real pleasure to see not only hard work and talent but also heart-warming examples of resilience and sheer determination recognised at an event such as this. Achievement on this scale, consistently maintained over a sustained period can only have been achieved by staff, students and partners of the college such as the University of Hull working together in a focussed manner towards a clear shared objective. We are proud to have been able to support this work and to play a small part in ensuring that Wilberforce students leave the College confident in their abilities and ready to face the challenges that lie ahead. We will look forward to watching them succeed.”
Highlights of the event were the University of Hull Excellence Award for outstanding academic achievement which went to Ashleigh Dixon with the Principal’s award for Achievement presented to David Moore.
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 two Community Service Awards.
The evenings’ proceedings also featured entertainment showcasing the talent and skills of the College’s Performing Arts students with singing performances from Adam Towse and Megan Jackson.