Academic, apprenticeships and higher education studies at Bedford College make it the most important education provider in the region, an audience at the Corn Exchange were told.
The college’s principal and chief executive officer Ian Pryce was addressing hundreds of people at the annual Achievements Ceremony and he spoke about how it educates young people.
He told the audience the college sends more young people on to university than Sharnbrook Upper School and the Harpur Trust combined and staff can teach up to degree level.
It is one of only three secondary institutions which has maintained Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ for 15 years and is the biggest provider of apprenticeships in the region, Mr Pryce said.
He added: “We can claim to be consistently, the biggest and the best. Links with employers continues to be a strength of the college.
“We are blessed with enlightened employers who recognised the need to invest in their young people. They help us develop the right curriculum and right skills and have acknowledged our relationship with record sponsorship of our awards tonight,” said Ian at the ceremony on Wednesday, December 3.
Star speaker on the evening was Kamal Hyman, selected as National Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 by TV tycoon Peter Jones CBE. Kamal was also an Olympic torchbearer in 2012. He urged young people to ‘Aim A Little Higher”.
Student of the Year Award went to Euan J Davies who, after achieving his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts, has won a place at the world famous RADA in London.
Runners-up were Katherine Barnard who has secured her dream job instructing at Grafham Water after studying at Shuttleworth College and Henna Begum who meets celebrities daily at Signature Aviation after completing her BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism.
Chairman of Bedford College governors Kevin Bromboszcz said: “We are producing world class talent, world class skills and allowing local people to achieve their big dreams - whether it is winning a place at RADA, collecting design industry ‘Oscars’ or securing a computing place in a World Skills event overseas.
“I would like to congratulate all our prize winners tonight for their world-class performances.”