Kingston Adult Education learners achieve against the odds

Adults from the borough celebrated achieving their qualifications or successfully completing their courses at the Adult Achievement Awards hosted by the Kingston Rotary Club on 17 May at the Queen Anne Suite in Guildhall.

The awards give recognition to learners from Kingston Adult Education (part of Kingston Council) and Kingston College who have managed to achieve good results against the odds.

The Mayor, Councillor Julie Pickering and Consort, the Mayor's husband James Pickering attended the ceremony at which all the students were awarded certificates and book tokens for their efforts.

Councillor Julie Pickering, Mayor of Kingston Council, said:

“It was inspirational to hear the journeys these adults have been through to achieve their dreams with the support of Kingston Adult Education is humbling and motivational.”

“It is exceptionally important to provide a wide variety of adult courses from English, mathematics and IT to Creative, Health and Wellbeing and Employment focused programmes. Adults take up learning later in life for a variety of reasons, to enhance their existing skills, to meet like-minded people, to improve health and wellbeing, to support their families or to change career. Events like these awards show it is never too late to achieve your dream.”

Sam Burgess, Head of Service at Kingston Adult Education, said:

"The hard work and dedication shown by learners and staff to achieve in the face of adversity is exceptional. These awards show what can be achieved by pure determination, strong teaching and the will to succeed.  Many of the learners progressed into: higher levels of qualifications or skills; new careers; or new areas which gave them the skills and confidence to change career.  Congratulations to all who received an award and to all who are currently on their journeys."

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This year’s awards were given to:

  • Kai Rollinson
  • Sophie Murdoch
  • Nancy Kirk
  • Nicola Dyke
  • Aisha Ahmed
  • Sean White
  • Lisa Brazil
  • Patrycja Wozniak
  • Kyungae Bhun
  • Massy Mukini
  • Young Kim
  • Lily Kamanda
  • Vicki Wright
  • Piers Stone
  • Laura Stephen
  • Hannah Desmond
  • Jordan Bailey