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Summer Awards Fiesta celebrates successes

Published: 30th June 2023

Published by City College Southampton

Students, apprentices, employers and staff were recognised for their dedication and outstanding achievements at our Summer Awards Fiesta on Thursday 29th June 2023.

Over 30 student successes were celebrated from across a wide variety of professional, technical and creative subjects, with awards for students and apprentices, of all ages, from across a wide range of 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 summer fiesta award event attended by over 150 people. An additional 250+ people joined in celebrating with us from their homes thanks to the live stream of the event.

The awards evening gave current students the opportunity to practice and showcase their technical and professional skills to the public as they worked on running the event. Students from Production Arts ensured the stage, lighting and sound was set and our Media students took care of both filming and live streaming.

Principal Martin Sim welcomed award winners and their guests, staff, governors and award sponsors, and expressed immense pride in the successes of the College. Within his opening speech, a tribute was paid to Joe Abbess with a standing moment of silence and reflection. He then spoke of some of the many City College successes, including the investment in marine future technologies, the well-attended Creative Arts Exhibition, the achievements at the recent Inter College Culinary Skills Challenge, and highlighted how student applications for September were ahead of targets.

Martin said: “The Summer Awards Fiesta event recognises and celebrates the hard work and achievements of many of our students, apprentices, and staff from over this academic year, plus recognise a local business for their commitment and contribution towards the training and personal development of their workforce. It is a really wonderful way to bring the academic year to a close.”

The Chair of the Corporation, Geraint Davies, presented the special awards including the ‘Employer Recognition Award’ which was sponsored by Carswell Gould. This accolade was given to national motor vehicle company The Snows Group who have supported our motor vehicle students through valuable work experience placements and industry talks. They have been continually keen to support the next generation of the workforce and were so impressed by our students that they are currently recruiting three of our students as apprentices to start in September.

Upon receiving the award, Lauraine Bolton from The Snows Group said: "The Snows Group was so pleased to be nominated and win the Employer of the Year award. As a business, it's good to give something back to the students."

Paris Carter also from The Snows Group added: "We really enjoyed having City College students working with us and had really good feedback from them.”

Geraint also presented six special awards to staff for excellence, along with the prestigious ‘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 in true Oscar-style.

Ismatou Barry was crowned City College’s Young Student of the Year, which was sponsored by Trant Engineering. The level 1 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) student was recognised for her exceptional level of determination, persistence and focus. She said: “This is amazing, I am really happy to have been given this award."  

Our Adult Student of the Year, sponsored by HP Contracts, was awarded to GCSE Maths student Sibonginkosi Mpofu for exceptional success despite the challenges she faced. She commented: "This award was unexpected and I was delighted to win. I really enjoyed being at the college."

Level 3 Business Administration apprentice Molly Agius won Apprentice of the Year, which was sponsored by Kendra Energy. Molly was awarded for her ability to overcome a range of challenges and still achieving distinction grades. She shared: “I had a really good time at City College and I'm thrilled to win my award.”

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Student Award Winners

Access to Higher Education

The Solent University Achievement Award
Safia Moalin - Access to HE: Humanities & Social Science

Art and Design

The Arts University Bournemouth Recognition Award
Tiffany Phillips - Level 3 Art & Design

The Avalon Printing Achievement Award
Kally Reed - Level 3 Photography


The Ellisons Recognition Award
Violet-Lily Langfear - Level 2 Beauty Therapy

Business and Accounting

The University of Winchester Achievement Award
Molly Agius - Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship


The Kestrel Guards Recognition Award
Johnny Collins - Level 2 Carpentry Apprenticeship

The Rudgwick Metals Recognition Award
Oliver Salmon - Level 1 Plumbing

The Rudgwick Metals Achievement Award
Edward Smith - Level 2 Electrical

The HP Contracts Recognition Award
Andrew Walton - Level 2 Bricklayer Apprenticeship

Early Years

The Rotary Club of Southampton Magna Recognition Award
Caitlyn Manning - Level 3 Childcare and Education


The Churches Fire & Security Achievement Award
Conrad Haynes - Level 3 Engineering

The Kendra Energy Achievement Award
Nathan Patrick - Level 3 Heating & Ventilation Craftsperson Apprenticeship

The Solent University Recognition Award
Lewis Rogers - Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship

English and Maths

The Solent Studios Recognition Award
Sibonginkosi Mpofu - GCSE Maths

The Carswell Gould Achievement Award
Stanislav Spitsyn - English Functional Skills

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Trant Engineering Recognition Award
Ismatou Barry - Level 1 ESOL

The Kestrel Guards Recognition Award
Olena Voloshyna - Pre-Entry ESOL

The Aspire Restaurant Recognition Award
Aza Zheblaeva - Entry 2 ESOL

Forensic Science

The Bournemouth University Recognition Award
Freya Donoghue - Level 3 Forensic & Criminal Investigation

Foundation Learning

The City College Governor Recognition Award
Farhan Hussain - Level 1 Pathway (Hospitality)

Hairdressing and Barbering

The Ellisons Recognition Award
Courtney Kelly - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship

The Ellisons Achievement Award
Owen Tapp - Level 3 Hairdressing

Health and Social Care

The Bournemouth University Recognition Award
Naomi Aburrow - Level 3 Health & Social Care

Hospitality and Catering

The Russums Recognition Award
Fiona King - Level 1 Culinary Skills

Life and Living

The Carswell Gould Recognition Award
Brandon Whitley - Independent Living Skills


The Marine Energy Systems Achievement Award
Jack Davie - Level 2 Marine Technologies

The Tom Demuth Marine Apprentice of the Year Award
Darcie Lawson - Level 3 Marine Engineer Apprenticeship

Media and IT

The Bournemouth University Recognition Award
Jack Lee - Level 3 IT & Digital Communications

The Arts University Bournemouth Recognition Award
Kieran Rice - Level 3 Games Design

The BCB Media Recognition Award
Olivia Stanbridge - Level 3 Media (Film & TV)

Motor Vehicle

The Rudgwick Metals Achievement Award
Conner Ockelford - Level 2 Motor Vehicle


The University of Winchester Recognition Award
Graham Ashton - Level 3 Performing Arts

The Hub Theatre Recognition Award
Carenza Thomas - Level 3 Theatrical Hair & Media Make-up

The Transform Venue Recognition Award
Isaac Turl - Level 3 Production Arts



Staff Awards

Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award

Holly Blackett – Maths Functional Skills Teacher

Excellence in Business Support Award

Robert Nightingale – Security

Excellence in Student and Apprentice Support Award

Ronghui Ye – Learning Support Assistant


Incredible Colleague Award

Iwona Kiryk – Learning Support Coordinator

Student Voice Teacher of the Year Awards

Louise Smith – Hairdressing Teacher

Jamie Blanshard – Marine Teacher