Achievements recognised and celebrated through online Gala Awards ceremony

28 October 2022

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Outstanding achievers from Brockenhurst College were recognised and celebrated during an online Gala Awards ceremony last Friday.

More than 40 awards were presented for learning excellence and/or making a valuable contribution to the college community.

Winners received a certificate, a citation from the nominating lecturer and £100 from an award sponsor.

Finn Doig

The most highly anticipated award of the night for Student of the Year went to former Priestlands pupil Finn Doig.

Now studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, eighteen-year-old Finn from Brockenhurst achieved four A* grades across A Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science.

After receiving his results in August, Finn said: “I want to thank all my teachers – they’ve helped me so much along the way by helping me manage my workload and preparing me for my exams.”

This year was the first time sixth form students have sat formal examinations since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice Principal Simon Lovegrove said afterwards: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s award winners – I have no doubt that each one will go on to achieve great things.

“As members of our thriving alumni community, they carry with them the benefits of having been students at Brockenhurst College.”

This year’s Gala Awards ceremony took place across Brockenhurst College’s social media channels after the in-person event, scheduled for September, was cancelled due to the death of the Queen.

College chiefs decided it was most appropriate to hold the rescheduled event online, because many award winners have taken their places at top UK universities.

You can see the full list of winners and sponsors below:

Curriculum awards:

  • Access to HE Student of the Year – Carina Plumb, sponsored by Bournemouth University
  • Adult Professional Course Student of the Year – Daniel Stefan Rendler, sponsored by Mindful Education
  • Apprentice of the Year (16 – 18) Student of the Year – Charlie Bunday, sponsored by Solent LEP
  • Apprentice of the Year (19+) Student of the Year – Henry Farmer, sponsored by University of Southampton, Southampton Business School
  • Art, Design and Photomedia Student of the Year ­– Molly Hamblyn, sponsored by Arts University Bournemouth
  • Brock Student of the Year (Sixth Form) Student of the Year – Finn Doig, sponsored by New Forest District Council
  • Business Student of the Year – Tom Blackmore, sponsored by Careys Manor
  • Computing and IT Student of the Year – Callum Maycock, sponsored by Wiseguys
  • Construction Student of the Year – Thomas Jefferson, sponsored by Hoburne Development
  • Early Childhood and Health Student of the Year – Michael Brooks
  • Employer of the Year – Rob Brown, PC Building Supplies
  • Engineering Student of the Year – Dylan Goodwin, sponsored by TSI Turbo Service International
  • English and Modern Foreign Languages Student of the Year – Danny Andrew, sponsored by Balmer Lawn Hotel
  • Enrichment Student of the Year – Jasmine Gossling, sponsored by Go New Forest
  • Extended Project Qualification Student of the Year – Jacob Pithers, sponsored by University of Winchester
  • Foundation and Inclusive Learning Student of the Year – April Sellers, sponsored by Padua Communications
  • Functional Skills Student of the Year – Leanne Gray, sponsored by CLA Global
  • Higher Education Student of the Year – Jessica Blachford, sponsored by Portsmouth University
  • Humanities Student of the Year – Harry New, sponsored by Vida Promotions
  • International Student of the Year – Sunny Lin
  • Marine Engineering Student of the Year – Theo Bayly-Rodger, sponsored by Jeremy Rogers Limited
  • Mathematics Student of the Year – Claire Holloway, sponsored by Aeroflex
  • Nathan Ridler Memorial Award Student of the Year – Lillie Howes
  • PACE Student of the Year – Hannah Wood, sponsored by Shorefield Country Park
  • Performing Arts and Music Student of the Year – Will Gadd, sponsored by Doughty Engineering
  • Science Student of the Year – Jacob Pithers, sponsored by Bridgeworks
  • Service Industries Student of the Year – Emma Renyard, sponsored by Chewton Glen
  • Social Sciences Student of the Year – Harvey Tyrell
  • Sport Student of the Year – Katelyn Wort
  • Student Ambassador of the Year – Jemima Cary, sponsored by Keyhaven Wealth
  • Student Union Member of the Year – Danny Andrew, sponsored by Wave 105
  • Vocational Creative Arts and Media Student of the Year – Harry Dyke, sponsored by Arts University Bournemouth


Memorial awards:

  • Paul White Memorial Cup – Katie Buchanan
  • Robert Jones Memorial Award – Christopher Jones
  • Emily Longley Memorial Award – Harry Dyke
  • Lesley Errington Trust Award – Alice Cowley
  • Chris Campbell Memorial Prize – Tom Blackmore, sponsored by Solent University


Staff awards:

  • Teacher of the Year – Rachael Fowkes
  • Professional Services Staff Member of the Year – Paul Major