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James has been invited to the Houses of Parliament

Published on: 29/01/2016 (11:15AM)

James Grocock at the Houses of Parliament

One lucky Central childcare student swapped class for a special celebration on Monday 1 February, as he was invited to a prestigious event at the Houses of Parliament in London. The invite came for James Grocock as a result of him being named one of 12 Highly Commended students nationally in the Association of College’s (AoC) annual Student of the Year Awards last term.

The Celebration of Student Success Reception was hosted by Peter Kyle MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education and Lifelong Learning.

The AoC judges were impressed with James’ commitment to his studies, plus his contribution to the College and wider community which includes a range of volunteering and fundraising activities.

James Grocock standing with Malcolm Cowgill

James said:

“I’m really pleased to have won, as I was surprised to even be nominated for an award! It’s the biggest award I’ve ever been given.”

Malcolm Cowgill, Central’s Principal & Chief Executive, said:

“James highlights everything that is positive about college students. Not only is he dedicated to his studies but all the volunteering work he puts in outside the classroom makes him a truly deserving winner. To be named one of only twelve young people in the country to receive a Highly Commended award is a fantastic achievement.”

The AoC are using the event to highlight to MPs the achievements and positive work of exceptional college students from across the country who have received this award.