An evening of festive celebrations at Selby Abbey for the college’s Annual Awards Evening

Current and Former Selby College students were invited to celebrate their achievements at the college’s prestigious 24th Annual Awards Evening ceremony, held at Selby Abbey on Friday (16th December).

Around 200 VIPs, staff members, family and friends gathered in the historic venue to enjoy an evening celebrating over 80 award winners who were applauded for their effort and achievement across all subject areas.

The key speaker for the evening was World Thai-Boxing Champion and Sky Sports presenter, Rachael Mackenzie, who spoke to guests about her experience overcoming prejudice from people who did not believe women should compete in contact sports. Her desire for success and perseverance has helped Rachael secure sporting accolades and given her the confidence to encourage others to follow their own path to achieving their goals.

Guests for the evening included amongst others, Councillor John Cattanach who also sponsored the Kenneth Auld Oates Award for Effort & Achievement and representatives for the Soroptomist Society who also sponsored an award. As the main company sponsor of the evening, Doosan Babcock’s Regional Manager Scott Anderson presented the Engineering Awards. There were also attendees from local and regional firms and groups who sponsored the individual awards, including Drax Power and Selby Carentan Twinning Committee. Awards were sponsored by companies including Drax Power, Abbey Personnel, Forevermore, Richard Lewis RSM, The Press Association, JWP Creers Ltd, Thornes Independent Ltd, The Institution of Engineering & Technology, The Selby Times and Club Doncaster.

Sponsors in the unique awards category include The Leonard Chamberlain Trust who awarded Thomas Stirling, Mark Taylor, Caitlin Tomlinson and Brooke Williams with this year’s Leonard Chamberlain Awards. The four students were deemed to be the most deserving candidates from Selby who have now progressed to Higher Education or vocational learning. A new award, the Principal’s Prize for Individual Effort & Achievement, was introduced for 2016 and as voted for by Principal Allan Stewart, was awarded to Bradley Johnson who left the college with 3 A* grades in the summer and is currently studying Medicine at Oxford University.

As well as students receiving accolades, Selby College staff members were also presented with staff recognition awards and long service awards, and the Team of the Year 2016 was announced as Network Services. On hand to receive a Special Commendation Award for his services to Selby College was former Police Constable Andrew Patchett.

Entertainment was once again provided by former apprentice and college Marketing Assistant, Lucy Williams, accompanied by music lecturer Nick Garside on the piano, who together performed a beautiful rendition of the classic Christmas carol, Silent Night and an acoustic performance by year 10 Selby High School student Dan Toone.

Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, congratulated each of the award winners and took the opportunity to speak about the ‘golden year’ Selby College has had, recognising the college had achieved the highest performance in Yorkshire and the joint second highest performance in England after an FE Week report, using Government data, ranked further education colleges on Apprenticeships, helping learners find work and both employer and learner satisfaction. Allan added, the college continues to respond to new demands for training and education with plans already in place to increase Higher Education student numbers and Apprenticeships.

Closing the ceremony, Chairman to the Corporation Vernon Wells took the opportunity to congratulate all of this year’s award winners, adding “Your efforts and determination to succeed are a credit to you and also to your family and friends, who are not only here to support you tonight, but have been with you every step of the way on your education journey, which for many of you has continued either in further or higher education or learning new skills at work.”


Published: Tuesday 20 Dec 2016