House of Lords Awards Ceremony 2016

Birmingham P8

The arrival of a gold crested invitation to attend the annual CIFE colleges Awards Ceremony at the House of Lords was not only a huge honour for the students who had been nominated to receive a prestigious award, but also for the members of MPW staff who were able to celebrate their success. This year, Bridget Hutchings and Martin Blyth were delighted to join the families of Ali Shakarchy and Alex Moran at a traditional British tea party in the conservatory overlooking the Thames, and witness their pleasure in receiving certificates from Lord Lexden. Lord Lexden is currently serving as a Conservative Life Peer in the House of Lords and has a particular interest in education, being the official historian of the Conservative Party since 2009.

With excellent A level examination results in 2015, MPW also prides itself on the value added it offers the students and it was the incredible gains made by Ali Shakarchy at the college when he opted to join the college in 2013 to restart his A level programme which made him a natural choice to receive the Value Added Award. Now studying at the University of Manchester, Ali’s original AS grades of DEUU were transformed to three A grades at A level with a B in AS Mathematics. Despite his dyslexia, Ali also undertook a short course which raised his English Language C to grade A. His determination and dedication to achieving the highest standards made him a role model for other students and a worthy overall winner of this award.

Alex Moran, who  had already achieved the coveted MPW Principal’s Award, was delighted to receive the CIFE individual college award in recognition of his outstanding A level results and contribution to the life of the community. Having trained with the British Triathlon Olympic Development Squad whilst at his previous school for AS study, Alex chose to restart with different subject choices at MPW in order to fulfil his goal of Law for which – armed with A grades in each subject - he is now undertaking a degree at the University of Birmingham. Alex has supported and trained runners within college and, like Ali, been a role model who has given generously of his time in meeting new students and their parents on open days.

The pride in the students’ achievements and the opportunity to celebrate their success was not to be missed; the House of Lords was a fitting venue for this wonderful occasion.