College students celebrate success

June 2017

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Students from across Essex celebrated the completion of their course in style at the Writtle University College annual Presentation Day on Friday 23rd June.

The ceremony, held at All Saints Church in Writtle, celebrated the achievements of students completing courses in Agriculture, Countryside, Art & Design, Floristry, Animal Studies, Equine, Horticulture and Sport.

Speaking about the event and achievements, Writtle University College’s Dr Jenny Thorpe, Head of Further Education Quality, said: “The Presentation Day marks our students’ achievements throughout the year and is a particularly proud moment for them, their family and friends as well as Writtle University College’s staff.

“This year’s successes include Horticulture students winning a gold medal and Best in Show in the Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the Ideal Home Show in London. Other highlights have included Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Greenkeeping student, Jimmy Heritage, winning the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year title, Floristry students were involved in the planning, design and creation of floral displays for The Ballroom at The Dorchester Hotel for the Conservatives’ Spring Lunch, Sport students raised over £1,300 for Farleigh Hospice this year through a range of charity events and our Animal student raised money for animal welfare charities through ‘Wetnose Day’, bake sales and the purple poppy appeal.

“Our achievement rates at WUC continue to remain high and nearly 97% of our students progress to further or higher education or employment according to our destination survey.

“We would like to congratulate all our students on their achievements and wish them every success as they take their next steps, whether those are in education or work.”

Many students will now go on to working in industry, whilst other will progress on to the next level of study which includes going to study a Higher Education course at WUC or another university.