Riseholme named as college of the year at national awards

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Lincoln-based Riseholme College, as part of Bishop Burton, has been recognised as the Outstanding College of the Year at the national BTEC Awards 2017.

The prestigious awards ceremony, held by accrediting body Pearson, celebrated the finest educational institutions and students in the country. This year, it received almost 1,000 entries.

Bishop Burton, which specialises in agriculture, animal management and equine studies at its Lincolnshire Showground, Riseholme and Yorkshire campuses, was praised for the delivery of a wide range of BTEC courses and strong links with employers, which help students find work at the end of their studies.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Jeanette Dawson OBE, Chief Executive and Principal of the College, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to win this highly prestigious award.

“This reflects the incredible achievements of our students and staff, who go the extra mile to ensure this is such a special college.

Jeanette Dawson OBE, Chief Executive and Principal of the College. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“Ensuring our students are given the platform to follow their dreams and fulfill their potential is the priority of everyone here at the college and I’m incredibly proud that we have been recognised as BTEC College of the Year.”

Along with the college scooping the overall award, student Katrina Turnbull, 18, from the Bishop Burton campus in Yorkshire, was also named individual ‘BTEC Public Services Student of the Year’.

Praising all the award winners, Rod Bristow, Pearson’s President in the UK, said: “The fantastic winners being celebrated at today’s awards ceremony exemplify the dedicated students across the country who have been helped to make progress in their lives and careers through BTEC and I am delighted to congratulate them on their well-earned success.”