High-flying students were joined by proud parents, staff, governors and special guests on Thursday 3rd May to celebrate their outstanding achievements at our annual Awards Evening.
The ceremony which kicked off with bucks fizz and canapés also included top quality musical entertainment performed by talented students: Ennio Aguilar Fernandez (Piano) and Josh Hall (Acoustic Guitar).
A number of prestigious awards were presented throughout the evening including The Barry Marshall Award, won this year by Joshua Killilea (formerly of Haydock High School). A true College ambassador, Joshua impressively balances five A-levels, an EPQ and a host of extra-curricular activities across College, particularly with the STEM group.
Chloe Cockram (formerly of St. Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School) collected The David Atherton Award for the ‘Most Worthy Student’. Chloe was in attendance at the MEN arena on the night of the tragic event that took place in May 2017. This could easily have affected her focus; however, she has demonstrated a steely determination and remarkably continues to make exceptional progress.
Vishal Chahwala (formerly of Upholland High School) took home The Governors’ Award for Academic Achievement which recognises both academic ability and the potential to excel, combined with an effective balance of enrichment and other interests.
This year, the Principal’s Award for Contribution to the College and Community went to Jade Wilkinson (formerly of Dean Trust Wigan) who has made an outstanding contribution to beekeeping at Winstanley College. In addition to her beekeeping prowess, Jade was also one of six Winstanley students to be commended in the prestigious Foyles Young Poets Award.
Georgia Webster (formerly of Golborne High School) picked up The Dean Trust Wigan Award for Outstanding Progression. During her two years at Winstanley College, Georgia has made fantastic progress and is on target to achieve exceptional grades at A level.
The Mulroy Award was presented to Wiktoria Ozarek (formerly of Merchant Taylors’ School) who recently emerged victorious at the Model G20 Youth Summit, hosted by Harvard University. This award recognises effective debating skills and is presented to the individual with the leadership potential to rule the world!
The Pride of Winstanley Awards recognise students who make us proud, whether that’s because they’re excelling academically, in sports, the arts or simply the way in which they contribute to the life and community of the College. Nominated by their Personal Tutors, our Pride of Winstanley Award winners are: Sean Farrell (formerly of Shevington High School), Amelia Glennane (formerly of Upholland High School), Nathan Barnes (formerly of Penketh High School) and Joseph Hayward (formerly of St. Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School).
The Winstanley Alumni Award celebrates achievement of an exceptional nature in any field and offers the winner the chance to have a mentor to help open doors and create networks. This year’s Alumni Award goes to Josh Hall (formerly of Fred Longworth High School), a gifted musician who has wowed his teachers, peers and audiences throughout his two years at Winstanley. His new mentor, Paul Whalley who has spent many years on the road as an active touring session musician with artists such as Mumford and Sons and Ellie Goulding, was on hand to present the award.
Each subject area also presented awards to their most deserving student and sports teams were also recognised for their achievements. The evening was then rounded off with speeches from special guest and local MP Yvonne Fovargue and Chair of Governors James Pearson.
Principal, Louise Tipping said: “The annual awards is a favourite in our events calendar as it gives us chance to recognise and reward the amazing things our students do, whether it be academic achievement, sporting prowess or just making college a better place to be. Thank you to all the friends and family who came to celebrate with us, our students couldn’t achieve what they do without your support”.
All Awards Evening photos can be found on our Facebook page.