Grantham College celebrates past year of success
Grantham College celebrated its star students and staff on Thursday 28 June at their annual awards ceremony. The evening celebrates the achievements of students and for the second year running, a staff member of the year award was also presented. This academic year also sees the end of Chief Executive, Linda Houtby’s time at the college so a signature award was dedicated especially to her to celebrate the last nine years of her service at Grantham College.
The ceremony was celebrated by over 320 people including the award winners, family and friends, staff members of the college, governors, sponsors of the night and the Mayor of Grantham.
Chair of Governors, Mos Kalbassi was welcomed to the stage to open the evening. Wade Rowlett, ex-student, ex-governor and Managing Director of Wade Rowlett Ltd. was introduced to the stage by Mos to present the guest speech. Wade spoke of his time at Grantham College, how it helped him pursue his dream career and how he has enjoyed being a part of the college for so many years. Both gave very upbeat, inspiring and motivational speeches which got the night off to a great start.
Principal, Paul Deane welcomed all award winners to the stage and refreshed everyone’s memories with good news and successes from the past academic year including the Good Ofsted grading, silver Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes award, the many Erasmus+ trips, plus much more.
One hundred and thirty-five students won awards, with Maddie Lainchbury being crowned the winner of Student of the Year. Performing Arts lecturer, Stevie Cairns won Staff Member of the Year. Work Experience Placement Provider of the Year went to Eden House Hotel who have provided several students with worthwhile work experience and continue to work well with the college to teach the students valuable skills. Linda Houtby won the one-off Chief Executive of the Decade Award. As main sponsors of the evening, Oldrids & Downtown’s Executive Director, Marcus Meadows gave a guest speech, congratulated the award winners and presented the four special award winners with personalised hampers.
The audience enjoyed a performance from Level 3 Performing Arts students. They had produced a performance consisting of both song and dance and received a great applause at the end.
The evening was brought to a close by ex-Learning Development student and current Level 3 Engineering student, Ross Houltby who spoke proudly of his development at Grantham College, congratulated students and staff and thanked everyone for attending.
The evening concluded with canapes and a photo booth which staff, students, parents and sponsors all thoroughly enjoyed.
Special thanks go to sponsors who made the evening possible; Oldrids & Downtown, LiNCHigher, RAF Wittering, Kuiper Technology, InvestSK, Bishop Grosseteste University, Eve Taylor of London, Latimer Trend and Salon Services.
Congratulations to all our award winners and we wish you well whether you are returning to study next year, have gained employment or taking a gap year.