Emily Thrane, Katie Gibson, Rachel Bowles, Dr Pete Waterman, Lucy Culwick, Sam Norfolk, Twm-Tegid Brunton, Meredydd David

Nantwich’s specialist Reaseheath College has achieved a record year of student enrolments and achievements.

The college’s annual awards ceremony celebrated the success of 1,371 FE students who achieved industry qualifications and skills.

The students, from across the UK and abroad, are preparing for careers in agriculture, environmental conservation, animal or equine management.

Other will go into agricultural engineering, motor vehicle, business, food manufacture, floristry, horticulture, forestry, construction, public services or in leisure industries like sport and outdoor adventure.

Five outstanding students received special cross college awards.

Twm-Tegid Brunton, a  Forestry and Arboriculture student, won student making the best contribution to college life.

Katie Gibson, who studied Professional Bakery, was selected for making the best all round contribution to the college.

Rachel Bowles, an Animal Management undergraduate, was singled out for personal qualities.

Student Association President Sam Norfolk, an Adventure Sports graduate, was recognised for contributing most to Reaseheath’s sporting activities.

Lucy Culwick, an Agriculture student, was awarded the Beacon Trophy celebrating excellence, after she underwent open heart surgery and had recuperated for just six weeks before returning to college.

Reaseheath College Principal Meredydd David said 97% of Reaseheath’s students achieve their qualification and that 90% progress into employment or onto higher level courses.

Guest speakers at the student awards ceremony included Dr Pete Waterman, from Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, and Jane Cowell and John Myers, from the Education Funding Agency.

Pictured above is Pete Waterman with the cross college winners Katie Gibson, Rachel Bowles, Lucy Culwick, Sam Norfolk and Twm-Tegid Brunton with chair of Reaseheath College Board Emily Thrace and Principal Meredydd David.

Below are selection of pictures featuring top equine students Chloe Lewis, Abigail Melville, Vanessa Hadley and Taryn Denny, top agriculture students Torrence Summerfield, Becky Harper, Jess Fallows, Amy Champ and James Latter, and Jack Williams, top student in Countryside Management.

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