SEND students from Banbury and Bicester College recently celebrated key members of their community by holding an awards ceremony.

As part of their project-based learning lessons, students studying the foundation and supported studies programmes at the Broughton Road campus, recently appealed to the public to nominate members of their community who give their time and efforts to support others.

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In a bid to raise awareness and bring the community together, the students organised an awards ceremony to celebrate the work being done and give thanks to the community heroes.

The awards were attended by nine community hero award finalists and their families and friends.

During the event, students celebrated each nominee with a personalised thank you speech and showcased performances by members of the college’s special needs choir, Lifeskills Rock.

Kate Johnson, Teacher at Activate Learning, said: “I could not be prouder of our amazing young people.

“Not only have they emersed themselves in learning so much about the community, local issues and the selfless acts of others, but they planned a fabulous ceremony of celebration and thanks for valued members of the community.

“The students wowed the audience with their singing, public speaking, Makaton choir performance and presentation skills.

“They worked tirelessly behind the scenes, planning the event, writing interview questions, designing programmes and invites, printing and framing certificates and baking cakes.

“Congratulations to Mike Hampton, Andy Willis, Ben Malcher, Debi Coles, Kirsty Poynter, Sorrell Hunter, Fynn Watt, Freddy Bull and our winner Jonathan Wise. Keep inspiring, supporting and being an advocate for change.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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