Awards handed out to Highbury college staff for their dedication

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MEMBERS of staff from Highbury College were rewarded for hard work at the annual Star Awards.

The awards are held to celebrate the achievements made by staff members who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to excellence in education.

The ceremony took place at the Marriott hotel where awards such as Outstanding Teacher, Innovation and Creativity and Employer Engagement were handed out by the college leadership team.

Principal Stella Mbubaegbu CBE said: ‘To be an Ofsted outstanding college you need to have outstanding people. This evening was about recognising our staff who have shown an extraordinary commitment to education and public service and have gone beyond their duties to make Highbury an outstanding place to learn.’ 

Amongst the winners was Lifetime Achievement nominee Allan Thompson, a lecturer in the automotive and engineering department who is retiring this year after over 20 years of service at the college.

He said: ‘I was very flattered to be put forward by my colleagues for this award.

‘As far as I’m concerned my main achievement is the students themselves.’

A loyalty award was presented to Richard Holmes, who has been teaching students at the college for 25 years.

Richard, who is the co-ordinator for carpentry and joinery at Highbury Northarbour Centre, said: ‘It’s just been fantastic, people say 25 years is a long time but it goes so quickly.

‘Anyone who works in teaching knows how exciting it is and I’ve seen lots of changes since I started.’