Annual awards evening celebrates student and staff success

Published: 3rd November 2022

Published by City College Southampton

Students, apprentices, employers and staff were recognised for their dedication and outstanding achievements at our annual awards evening on Wednesday 2nd November.

Over 40 student successes were celebrated from across a wide variety of professional, technical and creative subjects, with awards for students and apprentices from many different qualifications and levels. 

Outstanding academic achievement, determination and consistently going above and beyond were among the many reasons our learners had to be proud, as they were honoured at the Oscar-style event attended by over 150 people.

The awards evening gives current students the opportunity to practice and showcase their technical and professional skills to the public as they work on running the event. Production Arts students ensured the stage, lighting and sound was set, Media students took care of both filming and live streaming, and Hospitality students prepared and served welcome drinks and a tasty menu of street food. Performing Arts students performed to guests during the evening with songs from the musical “We Will Rock You” and the award citations were read by two Performing Arts students, Aki Alli and Emma Duarte.

Principal Martin Sim welcomed award winners and their guests, staff, governors and award sponsors, and expressed immense pride in the successes of the College during its special 70th anniversary year.

Martin said: “The annual awards is a fantastic event, one that I had been looking forward to since starting in July. I’m delighted that we are able to come together and celebrate the determination and commitment of our students, apprentices and staff as they work so hard to be the very best that they can be. Everyone at City College is extremely proud of our student’s achievements and that we help develop the knowledge and skills which enable them to achieve a bright future. Very well done to everyone receiving awards!”

Twelve special awards were presented by the Chair of the Corporation, Geraint Davies. One to a local marine business for their dedication to the training and development of their apprentices, to six to staff for excellence, along with the Adult Student of the Year, Young Student of the Year and the Apprentice of the Year for which the winners were announced on the night.

Winner of City College’s Young Student of the Year, Todd Axtell, a level 1 bricklaying student, said: “The award was a total surprise, I really didn’t expect it but it feels great to be recognised.”

Business apprentice, Jessica Fellows said: “I was gobsmacked to be awarded Apprentice of the Year, the best bit was my dad being so proud of me that he cried.”

Upon receiving the Employer Recognition Award, Justin Turner, General Manager of PB Asher, said: “We are over the moon to have won. It was very nice to be recognised for our passion and dedication to the college and our marine apprentices. It really was an incredible feeling and the event was amazing!”

Special Award Winners:

Young Student of the Year, sponsored by FORTH Engineering
Todd Axtell – Level 1 Bricklaying

Adult Student of the Year, sponsored by Rudgwick Metals
Niverd Antolinez – Level 3 Production Arts

Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Kendra Energy
Jessica Fellows – Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship

Employer Recognition Award, sponsored by Carswell Gould
PB Asher


Guest gallery for all the photos taken on the night:
Password: 74223


Student Award Winners

Access to Higher Education

The Solent University Achievement Award
Taylor Brabner – Access to HE: Humanities & Social Science

The University of Winchester Recognition Award
Myles Jordan – Access to HE: Nursing & Healthcare Professions


Art and Design

The Avalon Printing Recognition Award
Simone Dythe – Level 2 Art & Design

The Solent Studios Recognition Award
Ryan McManus – Level 3 Photography


Business and Accounting

The Kendra Energy Achievement Award
Jessica Fellows – Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship

The FORTH Engineering Achievement Award
Soran Mustafa – Level 2 AAT



The Our Soles Recognition Award
Todd Axtell – Level 1 Bricklaying

The Churches Fire Recognition Award
Brandon Donnarumma – Level 2 Electrical Installation

The Novotel Recognition Award
Thomas Jackson – Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery


Early Years

The Little Shipmates Group Achievement Award
Oliwia Widuch – Level 2 Caring for Children



The Rudgwick Metals Achievement Award
Bailey Freeman – Level 3 Engineering

The FORTH Engineering Recognition Award
Niko Kazula – Level 1 Engineering Technologies


English and Maths

The Avalon Printing Recognition Award
Saffa Barkhordar – Maths Functional Skills

The Carswell Gould Achievement Award
Jodie West – GCSE English


English for Speakers of Other Languages

The Kestrel Guards Recognition Award
Bogdan Acatrinei – Entry 2 ESOL

The Novotel Recognition Award
Mignon Canas Rodas – Entry 1 ESOL

The BCB Media Recognition Award
Justyna Przydatek – Level 1 ESOL


Forensic Science

The Kestrel Guards Achievement Award
Lara Giles – Level 3 Forensic & Criminal Investigation


Foundation Learning

The Russums Recognition Award
Leah Batchelor – Life & Living Skills

The Little Shipmates Group Recognition Award
Abigail Mitchell – Level 1 Progression (Step Up)


Hairdressing and Barbering

The Ellisons Recognition Award
Jake Jasper – Level 2 Hairdressing

The Ellisons Recognition Award
Leah Limburn – Level 3 Hair Services

The Ellisons Recognition Award
Ellie Roese-McLean – Level 2 Hairdressing Professional Apprenticeship


Health and Social Care

The University of Winchester Achievement Award
Julieta Almeida – Level 3 Health & Social Care


Hospitality and Catering

The Russums Recognition Award
Shaquel Pierre – Level 1 Culinary Skills



The Tom Demuth Marine Apprentice of the Year Award
Harry Anstey – Level 3 Boat Building Apprenticeship

The Solent University Achievement Award
Ethan Evans – Level 3 Boat Building


Media and IT

The Arts University Bournemouth Recognition Award
Marco Dolan – Level 2 Creative Media (Games Design)

The BCB Media Achievement Award
Oliver West – Level 3 Media (TV & Film)

The Solent University Achievement Award
Keides White – Level 3 IT & Digital Communications


Motor Vehicle

The Churches Fire Recognition Award
William Haynes – Level 2 Motor Vehicle

The Our Soles Recognition Award
Fynn Prince – Level 1 Motor Vehicle



The Hub Theatre Recognition Award
Niverd Antolinez – Level 3 Production Arts

The Hub Theatre Recognition Award
Jameela Elmaghrabi – Level 3 Performing Arts

The Arts University Bournemouth Recognition Award
Abigail May – Level 3 Theatrical Hair & Media Make-up

Award Sponsors 2022