Seevic students take to the stage to celebrate success
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Nineteen-year-old Thomas Vesey received the prestigious overall Student of the Year award, as prizes were handed out by Principal Nick Spenceley to students who demonstrated outstanding achievement, exceptional commitment or overcame significant barriers to achieve their qualifications.
Thomas, who lives on Canvey and who previously attended Castle View School, received his award in recognition of the exceptional determination, resolve and commitment he displayed in achieving Grade A in A-Level Mathematics.
Since completing his qualifications at Seevic in August, Student of The Year award winner Tom has secured a position with multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young, based in London Bridge.
He said: “I was very surprised but also very happy when I was announced as Student of the Year. College has been great for me as I’ve been encouraged to work that little bit harder, and have also had more independence. I only started my job two weeks ago but it’s going very well so far. Ultimately, my ambition is to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.”
The College also introduced a new award – The Tom Moulton Award – following the tragic death of former student Tom at the age of just 29 earlier this year.
Tom was well known in Southend and Castle Point for his charity and fundraising work, particularly with Southend YMCA, and the new award category sought to shine the light on other young people who have contributed outstanding community or volunteer work.
The Award was won by 20-year-old Jennifer Horton, who lives in Rochford and completed a supported internship programme at the College, and now has progressed on to studying level 1 health and social care.
Jennifer volunteers at the Royal Voluntary Service in Hadleigh, serving lunch to the over sixties, works at The Careers Choice Charity shop also in Hadleigh and additionally spends many hours volunteering for the St John’s Ambulance service.
Jennifer’s Award was presented to her Tom’s mother Leeann Moulton, who was invited to the event as a special guest of the College.
2014-15 was a highly successful year for the College, with A-Level students achieving more A* - B grades than ever before, bucking the national trend. The College also received a record-breaking number of applications from new students for courses starting in September 2015.
Reflecting on the past 12 months, Principal Nick Spenceley said: “Events like this one are very special to me as they are a reminder that learning is not easy. Qualifications are certainly not getting easier, and young people face lots of difficult challenges that previous generations did not have to deal with.
“Despite this, our students have worked extremely hard in the past year, achieving exceptional progress from their starting points. I offer warm congratulations to all our award winners, and wish them well in their future endeavours.”
The evening’s key note speech was delivered by former Seevic student Zoe Burton, 20, who secured a Higher Apprenticeship with Rolls Royce after completing A-Levels at the College in 2014.
Zoe moved to Derbyshire to take up the Apprenticeship, which includes Rolls Royce paying for her to undertake a degree while she works in different areas of the business as a full-time member of staff.
She said: “I was really thrilled to be invited back to Seevic, as I had such a great time as a student here. I was very nervous before going on stage to speak, but I enjoyed being able to share my experience with the audience – hopefully my speech might have inspired some of this year’s winners.”
To hear more about Zoe's time at Seevic and securing an Apprenticeship with Rolls Royce read the blog post she wrote for us at https://seevicblogs.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/life-after-seevic/
Mayor of Castle Point Cllr Andrew Sheldon also attended the event as a special guest of the College. He said: “I am always thrilled to be invited to events like this which celebrate the hard work and successes of local young people. Tonight’s award winners are a shining example of what hard work, commitment and dedication can achieve.”
The College’s first Open Evening of 2015-16 will take place on Tuesday 6 October, 6-9pm.
Visitors who pre-register at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-evening-tuesday-6-october-2015-tickets-17877295472 will be entered in to a competition to win a number of prizes, including tickets to V Festival 2016.