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Stafford College Celebrates Students with October 'Student of the Month' Awards

Each month Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group hold a ‘Student of the Month’ awards presentation at that highlights and recognises the individual effort, progress and dedication of students who go above and beyond throughout the year.

Highlighting and recognising the individual efforts, progress and dedication of students, the presentations included a number of inspirational stories from staff about their nominees who have gone above and beyond on their chosen course area. Supporting the presentations, we were pleased to welcome David Padfield, General Manager for Hitachi Energy.

Lucy Lawrence

Lucy was nominated to receive the Award for the Faculty of Professional Studies. Making an outstanding start to the year, Lucy was initially disappointed to have missed out on the Level 3 Sport course, however, she has shown real maturity in her approach, putting that behind her and making an exceptional start on the Level 2 Sport Programme. Lucy's lecturers have said that she is a pleasure to teach, supporting others in the group. Notably, coaching an exceptional coaching session to the rest of the group, demonstrating what an all-round high performer Lucy is. Outside of College, Lucy represents the county in rugby, volunteering her own time to coach the local under-10s rugby team in Uttoxeter. Her ability in rugby has led Lucy to being scouted and picked for the Worcester Warriors Centre of Excellence. She is also optimistic of being selected for the England under 18 team over the next 12 months.


Brendon Smith

Nominated to receive the Apprentice of the Month Award, Brendon has been a model learner throughout the programme, striving to do his best at all times, taking on board feedback and learning to further develop his existing knowledge and understanding. When being observed in practice, his assessor was extremely impressed by the high standard of professionalism and the behaviours that he displayed. Brendon has a clear understanding of what is required to provide care, compassion, commitment and competency. Brendon has been accepted for the level 6 Social Work Degree, with his assessor showing great pride in his development, stating: "Brendon most definitely deserves the opportunity to continue learning and further developing his professional practice."

Faith Sweetman

Faith was nominated to receive the Award for Maths and English. According to her tutor, "Faith is an amazing young lady who is bright and cheery, she is a fantastic example that you don’t have to stop trying because you didn’t succeed the first time." Faith has studied with NSCG for two years, struggling with English and Maths, however, Faith has has now passed her English with a Grade 4, overcoming her anxiety and building the confidence to put renewed effort into her Maths. She is incredibly kind to her fellow students, supporting anxious students to have a go, quick to encourage those around her and with exemplary work ethic.


Congratulations to all other students with their outstanding achievements and admirable commitment to their studies.

Alfie Hogg & Elizabeth Newton - Academic and Creative Studies Award

Jess Moffatt & Chloe Forrester - Vocational Studies Award

Cameron Barker - Professional Studies Award

Finnley Johnson - Construction & Engineering Award

Ben Wheeler - Progression Studies Award

Elise Kyle - Apprentice of the Month Award