With three awards to its credit, City College Brighton and Hove has been celebrating success in this yearís FE Sussex Spring Awards, hosted at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. In this prestigious ceremony, major players in the training and development world in Sussex and beyond joined together to celebrate the best and brightest achievements in training, development and lifelong learning.
Mature student Eamon Dehdashti (30), who was named as the winner of the Outstanding Progression to Higher Education Award sponsored by Chichester University, had left school at 16 with no qualifications and pursued a career working with racehorses. Fourteen years on, having achieved an ĎAí grade in GCSE English at City College, Eamon is now studying Dental Therapy at the University of Leeds, one of the world's top 100 universities.
Spring Awards 2014
'Eamon was an exceptional learner', said his tutor, Julia Tindle. 'From such an uncertain, unconfident start as a mature student, to achieve an A grade, realise his dream of going to University and now, to win this award, is an inspirational success story.'
Alongside Eamonís success there were two further awards for City College students. Distinction-achieving Acting student Jesse Cooper (17), who has Cerebral Palsy affecting both his arms and legs, came runner-up in the BTEC Sussex Learner of the Year Award. 'When Jesse finishes the course this year his presence will be missed by his teachers and peers who appreciate his remarkable energy, intelligence, talent and sense of humour,' said City Collegeís Acting & Drama Team Leader, Andrew Hoggarth. 'Alongside his Spring Awards success, Jesseís also been offered places at both Winchester and Chichester Universities so itís been quite a year for him.'
Motor Vehicle student Anthony Booth (17), runner-up in the City & Guilds Sussex Learner Making the Most Progress Award, has thrived at City College having previously struggled at school. 'Anthonyís commitment to helping and working with others while developing his own mechanical knowledge and expertise make him an outstanding student', said City Collegeís Motor Vehicle Team Leader Phil Hill. 'Iím so proud of what heís achieved and the fact that heís already been approached by Formula One team McLaren in regards to taking him on as a trainee mechanic, shows that its not just the Spring Awards judges who are recognising his talent.'
City Collegeís Principal, Lynn Thackway said: 'I think everyone who attends the Spring Awards always finds it inspiring and at times humbling but I thought that on this occasion, the calibre of the winners, many of whom have coped with very difficult circumstances in their lives, was truly outstanding. I was therefore particularly proud that our students Eamon, Jesse and Anthony were successful in such a memorable year for the awards.'