As the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London prepares to hold its glittering annual Excellence Awards ceremony, on Wednesday 8 December at Tottenham Hotspur FC, many of the award winners will be returning from top universities to collect their trophies.
Among those learners is 18 year old Daniel Zurawski, now studying Computer Science at King’s, who said: “It wasn’t a surprise to me to get a place on the degree course – one of the best things about my time at the College was that I was driven to succeed, never to give up, and to aim as high as possible, so it seemed natural to apply for a top university like King’s.”
Daniel will be one of over 40 award winners at the Excellence Awards ceremony, which takes place at Tottenham Hotspur FC on Wednesday December 8th. The annual event celebrates not only the College’s award best students, but also awards the College’s dedicated teaching and support staff as well as the companies who work in partnership with the College to train and upskill their staff.
One of Daniel’s Computing lecturers at the College, Laila Hassanzadeh, said: “we have always tried to instil in our learners that they should have high aspirations. The fact that we’re sending so many students to a university like King’s really speaks for itself. We’re already planning to invite last year’s leavers back to speak to our current learners and inspire them in turn. We already give them all of the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at degree level – giving them the self-belief is just the last bit of the jigsaw.”
Another learner who left the College in September to start a Computer Science degree at king’s, 31-year old Mohsen Mohammadi, said: “I had never thought of getting to university, let alone one as prestigious as King’s. Now I want to go on to a PhD after my BSc. My teachers and my peer mentor at the College gave me confidence, and made me see my own talent and capability.”
Kurt Hintz, the College’s Director of 14-19, said: “As the College comes together to celebrate Excellence in every area of our work, stories like Daniel’s and Mohsen’s remind us that further education is increasingly a great route to university.”
The College’s highly-rated Computing department has a particularly good record of preparing learners for higher education – last year it sent 11 learners to top London university King’s College.