Overall Student of the Year winner Abbie Leadbitter receives her award from the Capital FM Breakfast Team Bodg, Matt and JoJo

East Durham Vocational Skills Awards 2013

Wed, 2002-04-17 01:00

Last night East Durham College hosted the seventh East Durham Vocational Skills Awards.

The annual awards are held to celebrate the achievements of a group of Year 10 and Year 11 school pupils who have excelled in a wide range vocational learning categories; such as construction, motor vehicle maintenance, childcare and horticulture.

Students from St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Dene Community School, Easington Community Science School, The Academy at Shotton Hall and Wellfield Community School were all represented at the awards.

The awards ceremony was held at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus and attended by over 250 people including many of 69 award winners, their families and staff from their local schools.

The awards were presented to the students by special guests, the Capital FM Breakfast Show hosts Bodg, Matt and JoJo.

Other invited guests in attendance were a number of East Durham College Governors, The Mayor of Peterlee Councillor Robert Kyle, who represents the Acre Rigg ward, and Mayoress Carol O’Conner.

The final award of the night was for Overall Student of the Year, with the winner of the prestigious award being announced as Year 11 St.Bede’s pupil Abbie Leadbitter.

Abbie, 16, from Easington, who also won the engineering award category, said: “I was mortified when I realised they were talking about me when they were reading out about who had won student of the year, but I was really made up.

Abbie, who is now looking forward to going on to study A Levels at Byron 6th Form, attended the awards evening with very proud Mum, Kathryn, and her Grandmother Mary.

“I was shaking when Abbie was announced as the winner, I’m so proud of her. I know Abbie is a really hard worker because of the work she puts in at home so I’m really pleased that has been recognised by her teachers,” added Kathryn.

East Durham College Principal Suzanne Duncan was proud to be able to host the awards again to praise some of the most talented people in the region.

Suzanne said: “It’s an absolute privilege for the College to once again host these awards.

“It wonderful to celebrate the achievements of some of the most dedicated hardworking and talented young people in the county; young people who have excelled in their chosen area of vocational learning.

“The area of East Durham is transforming and a real change is in the attitudes and aspirations of the young people of the area. The success of the young people we recognise this evening is testimony to this fact.”