Student Achievement Awards 2023

14 July 2023

Deputy Mayor Louise Phelan with Inspirational Student of the Year – Gerta Gjermizi

The Sutton College Student Achievement awards were held last night, celebrating the hard work and achievements of students in the academic year 22/23.

The annual event is a chance for students who have been nominated by their tutors for their inspirational, often difficult, learning journeys to be recognised for their achievements.

The event was attended amongst others by the Deputy Mayor of Sutton Councillor Louise Phelan, Leader of the Council Ruth Dombey and local MP Elliott Colburn.

Students and their families and friends, staff, Councillors and College Governors all listened to the shortlisted nominations for the various categories, each time, being reminded of the value of adult education. Many students have travelled difficult paths to achieve their qualifications, attend the College and also to produce some of the work that they have.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council said ‘ Everyone knows someone who has studied something at Sutton College. The College has helped people get qualifications and life skills and to accomplish things they did not think was possible. We are privileged to have Sutton College here and I hope everyone knows how important it is and the difference that it can make to people’s lives.’

College Principal Kevin Standish said ‘Throughout the evening, what was particularly impressive was hearing about the obstacles that many of our students have had to overcome to achieve at the College. It was an uplifting event and reminds us all at Sutton College of the value that we bring to our students. ‘

The winner of the recent Photography competition was also announced and those students who were put forward for a Festival of Learning award earlier in the year were also recognised.


The winners for each category are as below:

  • Creative Student of the Year – Himabindu Thatavarty
  • Academic Student of the Year – Sarah Lungley
  • Lifelong Learning Journey – Patricia Kourpa
  • Inspirational Student of the Year – Gerta Gjermizi
  • Inspirational Journey – Kieran Hale
  • Special Recognition – Ioana Topoliceanu

Sutton College Photography Competition:

  • Winner: Kim Woolford
  • Runner Up: Kevin England

Festival of learning nominations:

  • Darren Meade
  • Kerry Flynn
  • Tetiana Smith


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