Somerset’s Top Performing College Honours ‘Shining Stars’ at First Ever Virtual Awards

Yeovil College has had yet another successful year with 100% pass rate in A Level achievement for the fourth consecutive year, significant sporting successes and the confirmation that they have claimed the number one position in the Department for Education (DfE) league tables for 16-18 achievement rate in Somerset, published in March 2020.

Like many other educational institutions across the country, Yeovil College has had to adapt to the changing circumstances caused by Covid-19, meaning that students were unable to finish their studies on the college campus. Online lessons were scheduled, and students were required to demonstrate their ability to work independently, keeping in touch with staff and fellow students throughout. The success of the past few months led to the clear decision to proceed with the Shining Stars Awards, which took place virtually via the Yeovil College social media channels on Friday 19th June.

Award-winners and their loved ones were able to come together from the safety of their own homes, to celebrate the hard work and commitment demonstrated over the past year. Over 70 awards were presented for A-Level courses, vocational courses and apprenticeships, as well as those who take part in the 14-16 Academy, working with the likes of Screwfix and Leonardo.

Mark Bolton, Principal &CEO opened the Shining Star Awards event, saying: “Although we are celebrating our student achievements in a different way this year, be reassured that your successes are no less remarkable. We have witnessed some amazing hard-work and effort being delivered by the college community over the recent months. We are a can-do college who put our students, staff and employers at the heart of all that we do. Our students and staff, alike, have risen to the challenge of delivering education and learning in a virtual and digital way, and we have been extremely successful in this endeavour, so thank you to all of our stakeholders who have taken the time to offer us feedback. We are so proud of how our students and staff have risen to this new way our learning, our new norm now, but like many, I can’t wait to be back on campus in a more normal capacity.

We started this year strongly with 100% pass rate in our A Level department for the fourth consecutive year, sporting successes have come in thick and fast and we have just confirmed that we are top of the league tables for 16-18 achievement rate in Somerset. Investments and countless improvements are taking shape following the award of an Institute of technology. We will see an additional £10 million being invested over the coming year, and for that, we are very excited.

I would like to congratulate all our winners for their hard-work, relentless effort and dedication to their studies. It has not been an easy year, but I am proud to call you all Yeovil College students.”

Peter Thomas, Chair of the Yeovil College Corporation, shared his congratulations to this year’s award winners, he said: “This has been an extraordinary year but nothing should be allowed to get in the way of celebrating your achievements. Your hard work and success must be acknowledged. Although we cannot celebrate in the usual way, everyone at Yeovil College is proud of what you have done. Sincere congratulations and best wishes into your futures.”

Yeovil College hopes that everybody enjoyed attending their first ever Virtual Awards and would like to to once again congratulate the Shining Stars award-winners for their exceptional levels of hard work throughout the past year.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Yeovil College has scheduled further virtual events for current and future students; information can be found via their website and social media channels.

The full list of Shining Stars Award winners by curriculum area:

A-Levels (Kingston Sixth form Academy)s release:
– Applied Science – Max Bohk
– Business & Professional Subjects – Jessica Hughes
– Humanities – Luke Hancock
– Social Science – Yasmin Tatchell
– Science – Sophie Hipgrave
– Arts – Clara Macdonald
– Access to Higher Education – Stephanie Lyons

– Business Mind – Anna Yesson
– Determination and Commitment to Business – Josh Barlow
– Business Innovative – Honeywell Apprentices
– Business Apprentice of the Year – Chloe Talbot-Swain

– Carpentry and Joinery – Gwilyn Whelan
– Construction and the Built Environment – Adam Reed
– Plumbing – Brad Palmer
– Fire and Security – George Mapletoft
– Electrician – Lewis Cole
– Construction Apprentice of the Year – Samuel Watts

Creative Industries:
– Design – Thomas Maybury
– Art – Tia Tealey
– Media – Isobel Pike
– Graphic Design – Bethany Webber
– Creative Apprentice of the Year – Chris Sawyer

– Engineering Level 2 (Craft) – Scott Broadway
– Engineering Level 3 – Jack Gillman
– Engineering Apprentice of the Year – Michael Lowde

English and Maths:
– Functional Skills English – Bethia Jorden
– Functional Skills Maths – Lewis Cole
– The John Gordon Award for GCSE English – Jakub Sokolowski
– The Marcia Hillman Award for GCSE Maths – Jasmin Anderson

Hair and Beauty:
– Beauty Therapist – Jessica Crabb
– Barbering – Cody Foote
– Media Hair and Make Up – Charlie Buckle
– Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year – Ellie Cullimore

Hospitality and Catering:
– Professional Chef – Phoebe Armstrong
– Hospitality – Kieren Lugsden
– Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year – Katie Platt

Health, Care and Early Years:
– Entry Level Health and Social Care – Amie Cham
– Health and Social Care – Neve Taylor
– Childcare – Kim Dunn
– Access to Higher Education Nursing and Midwifery – Sabrina Caplen
– Health, Social Care and Early Year Apprentice of the Year – Tammy Honeybun

– Computing Level 2 – Sean Jeffrey
– Computing Level 3 – Sam Crossman
– Computing and IT Apprentice of the Year – Adam Beer

Motor Vehicle:
– Level 1 Motor Vehicle – Patrick Lucas
– Level 2 Motor Vehicle – Callum Lock
– Level 3 Motor Vehicle – James Chelton
– Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year – Will Budden

Preparation for Life and Work:

– Inspirational Student – Ellise Hayward
– Supported Interns – Patrick Dickson
– Progression Pathways – Louis Porter
– Progression Pathways Vocational – Bethany Lister
– Preparation for Life – Sophie Plumbley
– Preparation for Adulthood – Daniel Connoley

– Performing Arts – Lisha Allen
– Protective Services – Jordan Watts
– Travel and Tourism – Emily Martin
– Sports: Academic Achievement – Marco Ferrari
– Yeovil Town FC Collegiate Award – Alfie Lloyd
– Team and Individual Representative Award – Anna Crabb
– Sport Apprentice of the Year – Molly Daniels

14-16 Academy Awards:
– The Jones Building Group Academy- Charlie Goodman
– The Leonardo Academy – Jade Owen
– The Screwfix Academy – Noah Judge

Work Experience:
– Work Placement Learner of the Year – Lihana Stone-Cochran
– Work Experience Learner of the Year – Georgina Rockett
– Work Placement Employer of the Year – The Hub

– Small Employer of the Year – Albino Builders Ltd
– Medium Employer of the Year – FGP System Ltd (Weymouth)
– Large Employer of the Year – Yarlington Housing Group

Henry Vickery Resilience and Courage Award – Jordan Simmonds

Student Ambassador of the Year – Elissa Blake

Overall Duke of Edinburgh Award – Grace Foy


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