The achievements and successes of students from Cornwall and Devon have been celebrated at Duchy College Stoke Climsland.
This year saw five ceremonies being held across the different areas of study and guests of honour for the occasions were Captain Ablett, Captain of HMS Raleigh, James Small, Chairman of the NFU South West Area, Jack Whitfield, from Autism Assemble, Emma Berryman and Janine Pethick from Tiny Tots Nursery who presented the certificates, prizes and special awards.
The Duke of Cornwall Award for being the best all round student was won by Joanna (Jojo) Charman, 20, from Bideford.
Jojo began her academic journey at Duchy College in 2014 on our level 1 equine programme progressing to the level 2 technical certificate then onto the level 3 advanced technical extended diploma in equine management. Level 3 was always Jojo’s goal from her first year with us as that would give her the qualification she needed to progress on to University and a degree which she never lost sight of.
Duchy College Senior Learning Advisor, Sarah Wheildon, said “During her time with us Jojo has enjoyed the challenge of the academic programme, she has improved in all equine skills, volunteered and provided support willingly to fellow students. Jojo has been consistent, courageous and caring, with a real can do attitude.”
“We would like to celebrate all that Jojo has brought to the College and her work as a fantastic ambassador for Duchy College as she goes on to take up her university place, which is a just reward for all of her commitment and focus over the last four years.”
Jojo said she was “very honoured and proud to have received this award and it came as a complete surprise.”
“My time at College has been brilliant, I have been on such an incredible journey,” she continued.
“The staff have been amazing, they give 100% and go above and beyond what is expected. The help and support I have received at college has made me the person I am today and has given me the confidence to continue with my studies. I am going to Coventry University next year to study BSc Equine Performance Coaching after travelling this summer.”
The award for Best Overall Full Time Student in the Animal Management Department was won by Joshua Burke, 19, from St Anns Chapel. “I was really happy and proud to have won this award. I have really enjoyed this year at college, and the highlight has been showing Alpaca’s at Devon County Show with my work experience provider. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to work with animals. I am progressing onto the Level 2 Zoo Diploma next year.”
Following the presentations, students and their guests were invited to enjoy tea and an array of cakes organised by the catering team. They chatted to staff about the highlights of the year as many of the final year students bid a fond farewell to classmates and staff.
Rob Dunn, Head of Duchy College, Stoke Climsland said: “The past few weeks have been enormously rewarding, with the Duchy College Open Day and Summer Food Festival attracting over 3000 visitors, over 300 students attending the end of year Summer Ball and a celebration of the immense success of the students in this year’s Prize Giving ceremonies. Prize Day is a fantastic celebration of the students’ hard work, and a way for parents, carers and friends to join in the success of the students. We wish them every success in their future careers and are delighted to have helped them on their way.”