College students dazzle at awards evening

09 May 2016
Three exceptional students from Central Sussex College were honoured this month for their outstanding academic and personal achievement against the odds, at the annual FE Sussex Spring Awards held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Wednesday 4 May.

The College was well represented at the prestigious ceremony which celebrates achievements in academic and vocational education and training, with one winner and two runners up collecting awards. Performing Arts students provided the mid-evening entertainment, performing a medley of tunes from their recent sell-out production of the Olivier award-winning musical, Our House.

Eighteen year old Professional Cookery student from Crawley, Shanley Cerff, was named the winner of the ‘Hospitality Student of the Year’ award, sponsored by the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Shanley joined the College in September 2015, and has overcome serious anxiety and depression to become a stand-out student who works confidently in the College’s restaurant and production kitchens. Driven by her passion for hospitality and catering, Shanley’s lecturers say that she ‘has made substantial progress since the start of her course’ and ‘has a bright future ahead of her’.

Shanley was delighted to win the prestigious award commenting, ‘It’s an amazing feeling to win this award. I couldn’t believe it when I found out that I’d won. Knowing that I can achieve something like this has given me a huge confidence boost. It’s incredible. I’m so happy!’

Fellow Professional Cookery student, Chloe Sanderson, 17, from East Grinstead, was awarded runner up in the ‘City and Guilds Sussex Learner of the Year’ category. Chloe joined the College in September last year to pursue her love of cooking. Having been home taught after leaving secondary school when she was in year eight due to bullying, choosing to come to college was a big step. Initially nervous of how the other students would treat her, Chloe has progressed leaps and bounds, forming a solid friendship group within her class and becoming increasingly confident in her work.

Lecturer in Hospitality, Jenny Thomas, commented, ‘I’m so proud of both Shanley and Chloe. They’re a pleasure to teach and have grown tremendously since starting the course. They’re both very deserving recipients of the awards.’

Business student, Brian Boodhram, 19, from Crawley, was named runner up of the ‘Pearson Award for Most Improved Learner’. Brian first joined the College in 2010 on a Public Services course but opted to leave before completion, going on to coach young players at a local football club. Unsatisfied with the direction his life was heading, Brian decided to make a change and continue his education. He re-joined the College in September 2015 to study Level 2 Business, bringing with him a new found enthusiasm for learning.

Business Lecturer, Teresa Coote, has been thoroughly impressed with his attitude to learning since returning to the College commenting, ‘Brian has shown great dedication in his studies from day one, going above and beyond the requirements of the course. Polite, supportive and friendly to everyone he meets; he is a shining example to other learners in the group who need inspiring and is a well-deserved runner up.’