Around 50 students and staff scooped awards at the ‘Stars of 2018’, where the college paid tribute to their hard work, determination and accomplishments over the past year.
The ceremony, which was supported by City and Guilds, opened with a fashion parade showcasing the artistic talent of the Chichester College Group’s hair, beauty and fashion students.
Vicki Illingworth, Principal of Crawley College, said:
“Tonight was a real showcase of student talent, and a celebration of our dedicated staff who work endlessly to ensure we can offer our students fantastic opportunities.
“We say our aim is to change lives through learning, and nights like this one help us to see how we are doing just that.”
Performers from Theatre Inc, a specialised training company created by Chichester College to support young performers living with disabilities, also took to the stage to perform ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.
The college’s hair and beauty students worked behind the scenes, working together to ensure all the student performers dazzled with theatrical make-up and glamourous hair styling.
But the night belonged to Adam Stepek, who was named the college’s Brightest Star of 2018.
Adam, 17, Business Administration student, was praised for his unwavering dedication to his studies and positive approach to improving life at the college.
Speaking moments after receiving the surprise award, he said:
“As the type who continuously pushes to improve myself and others, despite self-esteem issues, I honestly did not expect to achieve the Brightest Star of 2018 award!
“But I did, and I am extremely grateful to the college for giving me space to get on my feet and allowing me to achieve lots beyond my course via Crawley SU, all in only the matter of a year. I will forever treasure the award and I’m already planning to improve the college even further.”
New primary school just outside Crawley nears completion
Last week, Crest Nicholson celebrated a significant construction milestone as the roof of its brand-new Kilnwood Vale Primary School was completed.
Crest Nicholson partnered with leading education contractor Willmott Dixon to build the school in the Faygate community at Horsham, West Sussex. Due to open ahead of the new school year in September, the state-of-the-art school will provide places for more than 420 new pupils across two forms as well as a nursery class.
The milestone, also known as a ‘topping out’ ceremony, was celebrated by the partners with final works now underway to ensure completion by the Summer. Upon completion, Kilnwood Vale Primary School will be home to more than 2.36 hectares of open space including a football pitch, multi-use game areas and extensive playing fields. The school will also feature a dedicated wildlife area, including a stunning pond and wild flower meadow for students to enjoy learning and leisure activities.
The school is set back from the road, offering easy drop-off access and parking, giving parents in Kilnwood Vale peace of mind that their children’s safety has been carefully planned for. Both the school and associated nursery are designed with Kilnwood Vale’s growing community in mind, with plans set out to expand to three classes per year group as more people move to the area.
School operator GLF Schools, which was founded in 2012 and now looks after more than 30 primary and secondary schools, has played a key role in the design of the school. GLF Schools has worked closely with teachers to incorporate their preferences for classroom layouts to create the best possible learning environment for Kilnwood Vale pupils.
Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, Andrew Dobson, commented: “We are proud of the progress which has been made so far and thrilled to give pupils a new place to learn this September. We’re delighted to deliver our vision for Kilnwood Vale, following our core garden village principles: considering social, environmental and economic factors. We want to show residents that we’re not just building houses but creating a sustainable and thriving community legacy.
“This year marks the five-year anniversary of when our first residents joined the Kilnwood Vale community. During that time, Kilnwood Vale has grown into one of West Sussex’s fastest growing communities, with over 600 people now calling the development home. We’re looking forward to sharing this key part of our commitment to offer local family’s access to the best amenities.”
Willmott Dixon’s spokesperson for the ceremony Managing Director in South London, South East, Roger Forsdyke, said: “Work on the new school in Kilnwood Vale is progressing well. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Crest Nicholson to deliver this new facility, which will leave a legacy by providing much needed education places to this already thriving community.”
GLF Schools spokesperson, CEO Jon Chaloner, added: “We are delighted to be opening our third school in West Sussex when Kilnwood Vale Primary School opens in September. Each school has its own distinct character and culture which is respectful of the community it serves, and the Kilnwood Vale community will have these beautiful new buildings within which the school will undoubtedly flourish.
“Kilnwood Vale’s pupils will benefit from an inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and
a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by strong leadership.”
Contemporary two and three-bedroom homes at Kilnwood Vale are available from £274,950, with many available using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. For more information, visit the on-site Sales & Marketing Suite which is open on weekdays between 10am and 5pm, from 10am to 7pm on Thursday and between 10.30am and 5.30pm on weekends. Alternatively, call 01293 852501, or visit www.crestnicholson.com/kilnwoodvale.