Local winners of college awards

Local winners of college awards

SOME of Kirklees College's top-performing students were recognised at a special awards ceremony. 

Students, many from North Kirklees, judged to be the 'best of the best' were selected as winners of the Armytage Awards after they were nominated by their tutors.

The Armytage Awards used to be known as Armytage’s Technical School Endowment.

Huddersfield man Thomas Armytage left a sum of money to the town, originally distributed in the purchase of wood for the poor.

In 1879 a new scheme was started to allow it to help young men in the town to be educated in dyeing, weaving and other processes connected with the textile industry.

Later the funds became a way of rewarding outstanding students at Huddersfield Technical College.

When the merger with Dewsbury College occurred in 2008 to create Kirklees College, the terms of the funding had to be agreed by trustees to allow students from Dewsbury to be eligible for the prize.

College Principal Marie Gilluley said: “Awards events are the best part of my job. I get to see the fruits of your labours, recognise achievements and get to meet talented learners and their friends and families. I am proud and impressed at such a diversity of talent and effort within the college.”

The event was held in the Landings 72 Restaurant at the Huddersfield Centre and winners received a cash prize of £100 and a certificate.

Winners of the awards included Aimee Thomas from Dewsbury (health and social care), Amna Hussain from Batley (forensic science), Haroon Mahmood from Heckmondwike (Peter Jones Enterprise Academy), Haydon Hemingway from Cleckheaton (hospitality), Leah Firth from Dewsbury (business), Muhammad Naqash from Dewsbury (public services), Shane Robinson from Liversedge (plastering), Shane Wood from Dewsbury Moor (business) and Ali Zamir from Batley (construction).

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