04 July 2019

Students shine at USP awards

Over 30 successful students at USP College’s Seevic Campus were celebrated for their hard work and determination at the end of year awards ceremony last week, sponsored by Railscape Ltd.

Proud parents watched as students were presented awards for their dedication and outstanding achievements by David Dolling, Deputy Principal of USP College.

The College also welcomed Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, the Mayor of Castle Point, Councillor Colin Riley, and Deputy Mayor of Castle Point, Councillor Pat Haunts.

Students were nominated by their teachers, as well as their peers for some awards because they demonstrated at least one of the College’s Values & Behaviours; Respect, Accountability or Resilience.

Gordon Haines MBE JP ACII, Chair of Corporation for USP College, congratulated the students on their achievements.

He said: “I am intensely proud of all students at USP College.

“Those here today have shown themselves to be great role models. I wish you all every success and happiness in whatever you go on to do.”

The Student of the Year award for 2019 was awarded to Sam Ockendon.

A stunned Sam, who collected his award along with a £100 Amazon voucher, said Seevic ‘has a real homely feel.’

The 18-year-old from Canvey Island had a tough year and yet was a constant inspiration. Along with volunteering, working part-time and working significantly above his target grade, he was also caring for his sister, who has been very unwell, every day after College.

He said: “I’m speechless, I wasn’t expecting this; I feel really proud of my achievement.

“I really appreciate the staff for thinking of me. They have been extremely supportive of me throughout it all, which made it a lot easier.”

Sam will be continuing his studies at the USP College Seevic Campus studying the BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Performance degree. Once completed, he hopes to become a part-time teacher and part-time personal trainer.

Our sponsor, Railscape Ltd, has grown steadily since inception, organically and self-funded to where it is today offering services to the rail industry ranging from facilities maintenance to waste management, and minor building works to vegetation management in addition to several other services.

Railscape Ltd is one of the top three vegetation specialist contractors to Network Rail in the UK. They work in Wales and Scotland as well as England, have contracts with Eurotunnel and on High Speed 1 as well as train operating companies.