Annual Vocational and Apprenticeship Graduation Day a celebration of outstanding achievement

Over 120 students attended a graduation ceremony on July 4th  with their parents, grandparents, lecturers and apprenticeship employers which marked the end of two years of hard work, whilst gaining exceptional skills.

Vice Principal, Libby Reed welcomed everyone to the ceremony and introduced guest of honour and alumni student Katy Costigan.  After leaving Cirencester College in 2005 Katy took a one year Acting Foundation Course at Stratford-Upon Avon before going on to do a three year degree course in European Theatre at Rose Bruford College in London.

Whilst there she met two other actors and they formed the theatre company, Filskit Theatre. Together they have now been has been performing, devising and facilitating work specifically for young audiences for over 9 years. Through her work with Filskit Theatre Katy has worked with renown theatres such as the Unicorn in London, Theatre Royal Bath, Oxford Playhouse and Polka Theatre, London. The work has toured extensively throughout England as well as internationally as she returns for a second tour of China this year.  Katy has been amazingly successful in what is one of the hardest and most competitive professions.

Katy inspired her audience recounting her career journey since leaving College and how the skills she learnt at College have influenced her life.  As with all other speakers, Katy praised a vocational pathway as the best preparation for the future, she left the graduates with 5 tips for their careers ahead:


  1.   Research everything you do from projects to job interviews
  2.  Professionalism show yourself in the best possible light including self discipline and time management. It’s a mindset!
  3.  Talk to people/listen to people – people will be happy to talk, to share. Enthusiasm encourages support.
  4.  Be passionate in what you do. – most people dream of doing what they want to do. Maintain enthusiasm even when it’s hard or tough. Being passionate will open doors and get you through.
  5. And finally be nice – there is a lot of competition in the world and being nice means people are more likely to share, to help and support you.

Katy presented certificates, then course lecturers gave awards to “Students of the Year, ” a hard decision for them as they spoke with pride about all this year’s graduates.

Students of the Year

Sam Read – Animal Management

Tyler Lewis – Business

Shoumili Roy – Business

Ellie Bird – Childcare

Holly Clifford – Childcare

Sophie Pearce – Childcare

Chloe Randell – Childcare

Erin Strutt – Childcare

Emmeline Yourston – Childcare

Safia Robinson – Health and Social Care

Emma Williams – Health and Social Care

Toby Griffin – Land and Wildlife Management

Connor Newson – Media

Luke Jones – Sport

Cameron Kay – Uniformed Public Services

Ollie Venton – Uniformed Public Services

Amber Rice – Horse Management

Finally, Jim Grant, the Principal of Cirencester College, congratulated students and thanked staff and families for their part in supporting this success.

After the ceremony students, apprentices, staff and guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch in the sunshine, before leaving to start the next stage of their careers.

For further information about Cirencester College Vocational Graduation please contact the marketing office

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