Cirencester College celebrate outstanding vocational course successes

Friday 1st July was the inaugural vocational graduation celebration at College and what a year it has been for vocational courses at Cirencester College, with record numbers of distinctions and distinction stars for the graduating students.

Over 40 students gathered with their parents and grandparents, to celebrate their achievements over two years’ hard work.

The celebrations began with a short welcome from Libby Reed, Vice Principal.  Mike Cheeseman, Local Business Consultant and Business “Angel”, former co-founder of QA Training and past chair of Governors at Cirencester College was guest of honour and keynote speaker.  He praised the vocational qualifications for being an excellent preparation for university or employment as they developed excellent organisational skills and enabled students to meet deadlines.

Mike presented certificates to each of the students, who attended the ceremony and in addition, one student from each of the faculties was nominated as “Student of the Year”.

Student of the Year for Countryside, Horse and Animal Management was Callum Burke, who was praised for his consistently high standard of academic work, his volunteering to help feed the animals on site outside his lectures and his excellent practical skills especially in the aquatic and dog grooming units.  Callum is going to work with crocodiles, his passion.  In Health & Social Care, Uniformed Public Services, and Childcare Amelia Bryant took the Award and for Performing Arts and Sport Gael Little was singled out.

Kim Clifford (principal) took a moment to thank staff and parents for their continuing support in helping the young people to achieve the College’s best  ever vocational results.

Fortunately the rain held off and we took the opportunity to chat with many elated students and very proud parents at a barbecue lunch.  Some students are going on to study at university and others have already successfully gained full time work or apprenticeships.

For further information about Cirencester College Vocational Graduation please contact Richard Stonebridge at Cirencester College on 01285 640994 or email