AC Foundation Awards

The inaugural Alton College Foundation Second Year Student Awards Ceremony took place in the Wessex Arts Centre on campus recently.  The Foundation introduced the awards to celebrate students who had shown outstanding achievements within their subjects.  The Ceremony incorporated two other annual awards, namely the FB Design and Detail Award, sponsored by David Forrest and the Mason Memorial Award, sponsored by Christine Westcott (read more here).     

Trevor Heley, Managing Director of the Foundation, opened the Ceremony by welcoming students, parents, sponsors, College staff and the Foundation Directors. He congratulated the sixteen students who had excelled in their chosen subjects of Creative Visual Arts, Engineering and Mathematics.     

The following awards were presented:

The second year Creative Visual Art Awards were presented to Emily Barnett (Textiles) previously at St Nicholas' School and Emily Luke (Art and Design) previously at Ditcham Park School and Sophie Spearing (Textiles) previously at Eggar's School who was unfortunately unable to attend on the evening.

Mike Baker, Director of the Alton College Foundation, presented the following awards:

  • Design and Technology Product Investigation Award, sponsored by Alton College Foundation, presented to Paul Carter, previously at Amery HIll School and Julia Lane, previously at Heath End School
  • Level 2 Engineering Skills Award, sponsored by Mike Baker, presented to Aaron Grimshaw and Thomas Morton (unfortunately absent on the evening) both previously at Robert May's School.
  • Level 3 Engineering Skills Award, sponsored by Mike Baker, was awarded to Aaron Longman, previously at Amery Hill School and Ronnie Waite, previously at Perins School who were both unable to attend on the evening. 

Nicholas Branch, Chairman of the Alton College Foundation, on behalf of the Sponsor, David Forrest presented the FB Design Prize for Design and Detail to Elisha Pritchard, previously at Eggar's School.  Cameron Copeland, joint winner of the award was now at University, and therefore unable to attend, but had previously met with David Forrest.  

Christine Westcott, Sponsor of the Mason Memorial Prize presented the runner up awards to Dr and Mrs Harsham, who accepted the award on behalf of their son Max Harsham, previously at Eggar's School for his Cricket Bat Storage, and to Jamie MacDonald, previously at Bohunt School for his Handy Standy.  James Fryer, previously at Amery Hill School, the winner of the award was unable to attend on the evening but was congratulated by Mrs Westcott.

Merula Frankel, Director of the Alton College Foundation, presented the Mathematics Awards to Oliver Gunner, previously at The Petersfield School and Rebekah Aspinwall, previously at Amery Hill School.  Oliver and Rebekah achieved the highest scores in their recent AS Maths and AS Further Maths exams. 

The evening was brought to a close by Sara Russell, Principal of Alton College. She thanked the Foundation and other sponsors on behalf of the College. Ms Russell praised the outstanding quality of all the award winners and urged them to seize this and future opportunities to enrich and enhance their learning.

Alton College Foundation

The Alton College Foundation is a registered charity that has supported Alton College students in the pursuit of excellence for the previous 15 years. As well as its Scholarship for Excellence scheme it also operates a Development Fund, which provides grants to students and to donations to the College.

The Foundation is always looking for more sponsors for scholarships and donors and welcomes contact from anybody who wishes to contribute to their work. To find out more, please call the Foundation office on 01420 592208 or visit the website