Staff at Kirklees College proved themselves real stars at an annual awards ceremony.

The college celebrated staff achievements at an event at its Huddersfield centre at Waterfront Quarter.

The annual KC Stars awards recognise both teaching and support staff nominated by their peers because of the quality of their work or their impact on others around them.

There were more than 150 nominations with 19 categories awarded on the night – some picked out individual staff for their contribution to college life while others recognised full team efforts.

Curriculum Team of the Year was Foundation Learning, while Additional Learning Support was Business Support Team of the Year.

The People’s Choice – STAR Award was won by Mick Roebuck, of Mirfield, from the IT department, and The Aspiring Managers Award, chosen by the college’s senior leadership team, went to Stephen Plumstead, from Dewsbury, who is senior technician for creative industries, based at Batley School of Art.

Stephen Plumstead, from Dewsbury, who is senior technician for creative industries, based at Batley School of Art, won The Aspiring Manager Award at Kirklees College's annual awards
Stephen Plumstead, from Dewsbury, who is senior technician for creative industries, based at Batley School of Art, won The Aspiring Manager Award at Kirklees College's annual awards
 

Principal Peter McCann said: “The only way the college can successfully achieve our mission of ‘Creating Opportunites, Changing Lives’ is through having creative, dedicated, caring and professional people in our workforce.

“Kirklees College is blessed with many such wonderful staff, committed to the highest standards of public service.

“It gives me great pleasure to celebrate the achievements of colleagues who have been nominated by their fellow staff members as Kirklees College Stars – shining brightly as an example to all.

Mick Roebuck, of Kirklees College's IT department, who won The People's Choice STAR Award at the annual college awards
Mick Roebuck, of Kirklees College's IT department, who won The People's Choice STAR Award at the annual college awards
 

“I am very proud to be part of this college, I am very proud to be associated with such wonderful people and I am very proud of what we have all achieved together and will continue to achieve for our students and our community here in Kirklees.”

The awards were presented by Huddersfield Town FC commercial director Sean Jarvis and Martin Deans from Kirklees College. Staff enjoyed a champagne reception and meal, with entertainment by magician High Jinx.

Winners were as follows: Cirriculum Team of the Year – Foundation Learning; Most Improved Curriculum Team – Science; creative use of technology for learning – Corrine Scandling; Outstanding Support for Students – Alex Payne; Inspirational Teacher – Lisa Vinters; Business Support Team of the Year – Additional Learning Support; Most Improved Business Support Team – Customer Services; Efficient Use of Technology for Business – Pauline Hughes; Helping Students to Succeed – Susan Wood; Inspirational Support Staff Member – David McCann; Best Newcomer – Mark Oliver; Best Customer Service – Julie James; Positive Behaviour Management - Luke Stockdale; Excellent Leadership – Janice Cleatheroe; Partnership Working – Carol Heptonstall; Outstanding Apprentice – Elloise Beever; Unsung Hero – Ian Lee; People’s Choice STAR Award – Mick Roebuck; and Aspiring Manager’s Award – Stephen Plumstead.

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