The Isle of Wight College celebrated the achievements of its learners with an awards ceremony to recognise the outstanding achievements of 117 of its further education learners plus the graduation of 47 learners from Foundation Degree and HND programmes run by universities of Chichester and Portsmouth.

In front of distinguished guests including Claire Locke, High Sherriff, Dr Sarah Gilroy from University of Chichester and over 700 family members and friends the learners were presented with certificates or trophies by Debbie Lavin, Principal.

Guest speaker Claire Locke, High Sheriff gave an inspirational speech and told them to “be brave, believe in yourself and follow your dream” and she congratulated the learners and wished them continued success.

Dr Sarah Gilroy from University of Chichester and Mr Peter Conway, Chair of Governors presented the Higher Education awards and Mrs Locke presented the Student of the Year Cup.

Rotary sponsored awards

Mr John Flemming, President of Shanklin Rotary Club presented Rotary sponsored awards to 1st Ellen Malone, 2nd Michelle Lee-Costello and 3rd Jodie Hughes hairdressing students (pictured above). David Groocock from Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce presented Business Student of the Year Shield to Fern Taylor (20) from Newport and Apprentice of The Year Shield to Luke Chandler (25) from Cowes.

Awards Day 2014 Rotary Awards
Rotary sponsored awards.

Special Awards

Special awards were presented to

  • The Stuart Dyer Cup – Award for Excellence in Catering was awarded to Claudean Navarro (21) from Ryde.
  • Ruth Acton Award for Endeavour – Kathryn McMorran (19) from East Cowes
  • Jeremy Davis Award (selected by her peers for being the kindest and most caring)– Kirsty Watts (22) from Cowes
  • City Electrical Award for Excellence in Electrical Installation – Steven Cherry (50) from East Cowes
  • University of Southampton Award for Enterprise – Keri Hughes (21) from Ventnor
  • Award for Work Skills – Harry Middle (20) from Shanklin.

Student of The Year


The most coveted trophy of all, that for overall college Student of The Year, went to Vanessa Warry (18) from Niton. Vanessa Warry has excelled within her two years at the Isle of Wight College.  She is a natural talent (particularly within dance and choreography) and is a straight distinction student.  Her attendance, input to the group and energy has never wavered and she has inspired many students to become better more disciplined dancers and performers.

She has choreographed a number of performances and has as a result of her commitment been teaching at local dance schools in recent months.  Nessy has auditioned and been accepted to study at the institute of arts in Barcelona and will be studying a degree in dance.  She has recently returned from a professional job dancing in Las Vegas (she took her course work with her).

Quotes from the day

This is a very special day and it gives me the greatest pleasure to see so many young people achieving at the highest levels.

Debbie Lavin, College Principal

I chose this course because I wanted to further my education and I wanted to get my dream job – Learning Support Assistant. To support children with additional needs is my passion. I wanted to be more educated so that I could be good at it. This course has also improved my confidence. There was a lot of work but it was worth it. There were fun times too and I enjoyed it. I’ve now got my dream job – Learning Support Assistant at St George’s School in Arreton.

Kali O’Hanlon, Childhood Studies Level 3

I started in 2012 at level 1 and then went to on the Level 2. I’ve really enjoyed this course because I love cooking. I’m starting Level 3 in September.

Claudean Navarro, Hospitality Level 2

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