An evening of celebration for exceptional students

Students from across Barnsley College, Barnsley Sixth Form College and University Campus Barnsley were acknowledged for their outstanding achievements at the annual Student Awards.

The awards ceremony saw seven awards presented, including the Achievement Award, Apprentice of the Year, College Volunteer of the Year, Enterprise Achievement, Equality and Diversity Champion, Overcoming Adversity and the Principal’s Award.

On the night the Principal’s Award was presented to one student selected from those who won an award during the evening and this year’s award winner was 19-year-old Adam Pye. Adam, who is an A Level student at the Sixth Form College, was also the winner of the Equality and Diversity Champion Award and impressed judges with his dedication and enthusiasm. He has become an outstanding ambassador for the LGBT society within college, leading the Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) society and giving up his own time to help other students find out what services they have available to them. Adam also helped the college to gain the LGBT rainbow tick, a confidence mark that signals businesses and organisations have reached a high standard of diversity.

In his nomination, Health and Wellbeing Advisor Laura Gray said: “Adam has developed the SAGA society so much this year that it has nearly doubled its members and is now an integral part of the college. Adam and the society are excellent equality and diversity champions for the college.”

Guests enjoyed live music from University Campus Barnsley Music students and husband and wife duo, Michelle and Neil Tingle. Michelle was also the winner of the Overcoming Adversity Award having achieved a first class degree despite numerous health conditions and barriers to learning.

Barnsley College Principal Chris Webb said: “The awards evening was a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements of our students over the past year. It is thanks to the kind support of our sponsors that it is made possible. As ever, I am proud to be part of such a dynamic and high-achieving organisation and this ceremony provided a fitting tribute to those students who go above and beyond in their studies.”

The event was made possible through the kind support of many local and national businesses including Trust Ford; Net Natives; Association of Colleges; Barnsley Chronicle; Henry Boot; ASOS; Sun Healthcare; Billington Holdings and Ellisons.

Principal, Chris Webb with award winners (left to right) Michelle Tingle, Corey Hurley, Connor Padgett, Maddie Jewitt, Adam Pye and Chair of Governors, Simon Perryman.