We had a wonderful evening at Epsom Downs Racecourse celebrating the achievements of all our students who are leaving us this year. It was incredibly special to be celebrating our students who have worked so hard to secure some outstanding destinations.
This was a particularly special awards ceremony for the College as we also celebrated our 40th Anniversary. Peter Lauener, the Chair of Trustees for Orchard Hill College, opened the ceremony and spoke about the College’s journey. The College was established in 1983 as a small unit on the site of Queen Mary’s hospital where we supported residents who were living on site. The College started with around 15 staff and now has 266 and supports over 400 students across our four regions.
Students all received a certificate celebrating their achievements and a Yearbook. We were thrilled to welcome some special guests to help present our awards, including The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Councillor Rob Geleit, Anna Chiva, Associate Director of Special Educational Needs at Achieving for Children, Nina Dohel, Director of Education in Southwark. It was a truly wonderful opportunity for students to celebrate their hard work with staff, families, carers and guests. After the awards ceremony, everyone tucked into the buffet and then hit the dance floor.
Well done to the class of 2023!