From left: chair of governors Prof Mike Page, former Su president Dominic Phillips, Principal Angela Williams, former SU vice-president Dilara Changis, Deputy Mayor Cllr Martyn Bolt and University of Huddersfield Vice Chancellor – and ex-HNC student – Prof Bob Cryan.

by Scott Goodacre

The annual awards evening started with a drinks reception where students could catch up with their teachers and with each other.

The formal prize giving ceremony followed with subject prizes being awarded to over 80 students who were chosen by their teachers for having excelled in their academic field.

The guest speaker was Professor Bob Cryan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and proud alumnus of Huddersfield New College. Professor Cryan also presented the A level certificates and awarded the subject prizes.

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Martyn Bolt, was present at the celebration evening and presented Matthew Bottom with The Huddersfield New College Award for Contribution to the Wider Community.

Huddersfield New College’s Chair of Governors Professor Mike Page presented the Huddersfield New College Award for Contribution to the College Community to Dominic Phillips, the Vice President of the Student Union.

The Sheffield Hallam University Annual Academic Achievement Award was presented by Huddersfield New College teacher Rob Walker to Dilara Changis.

The Class of 2012 has given the college much to celebrate over the past two years, culminating in their summer 2012 results, which placed them in the top 10% of all young people nationally for advanced level performance.

Principal Angela Williams said: “Our primary goal for the class of 2012 was that each and every one of them would leave the college having achieved their absolute best at advanced level, and I am delighted that analysis of their results through the nationally recognised Advanced Level Performance System (ALPS) shows this to be the case.

“Their results meant that a fantastic 84% of students who wanted to progress to university were able to go to their first choice provider, which for 20% of these young people was one of the Russell Group universities.

“We are immensely proud of our reputation for academic excellence and equally proud of our reputation for achieving this through developing happy and confident young people, who care about others and who make a positive difference to the lives of others and to their wider community.

“It is of no surprise to us therefore that when Ofsted visited the college in October 2011 they described our young people as exceptional and as exemplary role models for other young people.

“It has been our absolute pleasure and our privilege to work with the Class of 2012 over these last few years, and to support them to grow into happy and confident young adults, who have flourished academically and who have fulfilled their potential. We wish them every success in the future.”