Isle Of Wight College Student Awards


Celebrating Success

On Friday 9th July, the Isle of Wight College held their annual Student Awards. The awards are held to reflect on the college year, celebrate students successfully completing their courses and to recognise a number of special award winners in categories such as outstanding achievement, high level of participation and award for excellence.

After another tough academic year, the main award winners were able to attend a scaled down version of the awards ceremony which was streamed on Facebook Live to enable other award winners and invited guests to watch online. The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon JP, was guest speaker at the awards ceremonies.

Particularly impressive feats of persistence from both the Apprentice of the Year and Student of the Year were celebrated:

  • Jess Metcalf has been completing her apprenticeship in Hospitality in what has probably been one of the most turbulent years to study the industry in modern history. As well as excelling throughout her apprenticeship, Jess has recently reached the final of the prestigious Nestlé Toque d’Or hospitality competition, which saw over one thousand entries from colleges across the UK.
  • Student of the Year, Louis Holman, has been noted by his tutors as a selfless student, who has built a great camaraderie with his peers, going above and beyond in his academic and personal life, as well as finding time to fundraise for the Wessex Cancer Trust. In the same academic year, Louis also received a High Sheriff’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and won the national Bronze Certificate for BTEC Engineering Learner of the Year.

“I am particularly proud of what the college has achieved throughout the pandemic. By anticipating the possibility of lockdowns, safety measures were swiftly put in place, ensuring that remote learning started promptly – and every effort was made to ensure that all students had as good an education as possible. Despite the pandemic, the college has continued to grow and develop, and we are keeping a careful eye on new opportunities to enhance our curriculum and resources”.

Chair of Governors, Dr Nick England DL

The college estate is set to benefit from the government’s Capital Transformation Fund, which will replace some of the older buildings, ensuring that the campus has industry standard facilities in which to deliver a modern and forward-looking curriculum.

“I am immensely proud of our students this year, they have worked hard throughout this challenging time to achieve their qualifications and I wish them every success as they progress into further training, higher education or paid employment. I am also very pleased to be working with the Department for Education to upgrade and revitalise the college estate; this is excellent news for the college, its students and staff, as well as the wider island community”.

Principal of the college, Debbie Lavin CBE

The Isle of Wight College is looking forward to an exciting and productive 2021/2022 year which will see many new opportunities such as the government’s new flagship Digital & Technical Skills Bootcamps, being run from September onwards, and finalising plans for the introduction of T Levels from September 2022

Awards Ceremony Recorded Facebook Live Videos

Due to certain copyright restrictions, we cannot publish our live recordings here, but you can view them on our Facebook page. There were issues with low sound, but either pop the volume up on your device or plug some headphones in and you will be able to enjoy the ceremony in full sound:



Student Awards Ceremony Programme

Morning programme

Afternoon programme

Videos played on the day

Morning Ceremony Playlist

Afternoon Ceremony Playlist


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