South Essex College staff achievements recognised at annual AAA Awards

Staff achievements recognised at annual AAA Awards

OUTSTANDING staff at South Essex College have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

Trophies and certificates were handed out during the college’s annual staff AAA Awards to staff who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Anthony McGarel, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive of the college and Kathy Mulvey, Vice Principal Student Support, presented the awards.

More than 760 nominations were received from students and staff to recognise members of the college across different categories. A total of 31 awards were presented on the day.

Many of the nominations came from students themselves who were keen to thank members of staff who have encouraged and supported them to achieve.

Senior Learning Resource Centre Co-ordinator, Sarah Vadevalloo, was nominated for her caring nature and regard for her work. Her nomination continued: “She is always smiling and ready to help and support, both staff and students and it really feels as though nothing is too much trouble. She is, without exception, always helpful, friendly, pleasant, supportive and polite.”

Another winner, A-Level tutor Fiona Watson, was praised by a student for ‘going above and beyond.’ The nomination read: “I can say with absolute certainty that I would not be capable of, nor would I want to do, the course without her as a teacher. She instils curiosity, the love of learning, and ambition in her students, and is admired and respected by each and every one of us.”

Anthony McGarel, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive handed out the awards and congratulated the recipients.

He said: “It is wonderful to hear so many stories about staff going the extra mile to help students achieve and support colleagues. Everyone plays a crucial part at the college and these awards are an excellent opportunity to recognise great efforts from staff. Congratulations to all our winners.”

Kathy Mulvey from the college’s Senior Leadership Team was also presented with an Outstanding Contribution to the College award, to recognise her 17 years of service.

And the winners are…

Student nominations

Steve O’Shea, Digital Technology, Media and Performing Arts

Karen Davenport, Employability

Nicola Palmer, Foundation Learning

Kirsty Poulton, Employability

Jonathan Bradford, Engineering and Construction

Damien Gearing, Health and Science

Simon Horrocks, Engineering and Construction

Rhys Hawkins, Health and Science

Denise Harley, Service Industries

Jack Bryant, English and Maths

Fiona Watson, A-Levels

Zoe Viscardini, Health & Science

Henry Williams, Additional Learning Support

Maria Swepson, Higher Education

Helen Adeniyi, ESOL

Colleague award

Sarah Vadevalloo, Learning Services

Nikki Hill, Student Services

Ben Aston, Apprenticeships and Subcontracting

Sam Morrison, Health and Science

Helen Sharpe, Apprenticeships and Subcontracting


James Hinton-Lever, English and Maths

Alex Shaw, Marketing and Communications

Gemma Ball, Additional Learning Support

Business Support

Chris Bignell, Computing Services

Glen Pinder, Computing Services

Rosa Reale, Commercial Services


Nicky O’Brein, Employability

Helen Topliss, Health and Science

Hannah Johnson, Art, Design and Business

Team of the Year

Employability Team

Outstanding Contribution to the College

Kathy Mulvey, Senior Leadership Team

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