2017 CIFE Awards at the House of Lords

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An early heatwave and blue skies made for a beautiful backdrop to the annual CIFE awards ceremony, which took place at the House of Lords and was hosted by the CIFE president Lord Lexdon OBE. This year, once again, award winners were treated with an invitation to the Palace of Westminster. Students and their families, as well as a number of staff from each of the constituent colleges, were welcomed for an elegant afternoon tea in the Cholmondeley Room on Wednesday 5 April 2017, to celebrate the diverse and wonderful student achievements of the previous academic year. Each CIFE prize is awarded to students who achieved the very best grades across the Council for Independent Further Education’s member colleges.

The impressive set of results MPW students achieved in the summer of 2016 broke college records. Subsequently, we are proud to announce the astonishing number of prizes our students won at the annual CIFE awards - our best yet, with seven for MPW London and a further three at MPW Birmingham.

This year, following the very recent terrorist attack, proceedings began with a moment’s silence to remember Aysha Frade, as well as the many others hurt by this tragic event. Tim Naler, Principal at Bath Academy, followed the silence with an earnest and solemn request to our young leaders, to ensure that their achievements are coupled with humility. Importantly he stressed to move forward from this current climate. Lord Lexden OBE expressed his own wish for international cooperation before applauding the excellent work of all award winners. In turn, he presented the students with a certificate and trophy to honour their achievements. May we extend our sincere congratulations to all prize winners and, to our current students, the gauntlet has been lain down!

This year three MPW London students won CIFE Awards for Humanities prizes:

Lily Rabson joined MPW from Surbiton High School for our two-year A level course in Geography, History of Art and Photography. She achieved grades A*A*A and won a place to read Geography at the University of Exeter. Lily also won The Denise Callaghan prize for the best overall performance in A level arts subjects at MPW.

Amy Wells joined MPW from St Catherine’s School for our two-year A level course in Economics, Psychology and Religious Studies. She achieved grades A*A*A*, including full marks for her Religious Studies papers. She is now taking a gap year and in September 2017 she will take up her place at the University of Manchester to read Business Management.

Ming Yan Lee joined MPW from Hong Kong for the one-year A level course in Chemistry, History of Art and English Literature. She achieved grades A*A*A and gained a place to read English at University College, London. She also won the MPW Outstanding Achievement Prize given she achieved these outstanding grades in a single year of study.

The CIFE Award for Economics also went to one of our own students, Xiao Rui Zhang. Having joined MPW from China for our two-year A level course in Business Studies, Economics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Xiao Rui achieved grades A*A*A*A and secured a place to read Natural Sciences at Durham University.

The CIFE Award for Languages went to Sophie Geikie-Cobb. Sophie joined MPW from St Mary’s School for our two-year A level course in English Literature, French and Latin. She achieved grades A*AA and won a place to read English at the University of St Andrews.

The CIFE Award for GCSE was awarded to Evgenia Alexandrova who joined MPW from the International School of London and took nine GCSE subjects over one year, achieving grades A*A*A*A*A*A*A*AA. She was the top GCSE student at MPW and is now studying A levels at Godolphin and Latymer School on an academic scholarship.

The Paul Kitchener Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement was presented to Paloma Morales who joined MPW from France for an LSE IFP (International Foundation Programme) course. Paloma achieved a distinction, the highest IFP grade in all four modules. Paloma is now studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the London School of Economics.

The MPW London College Award was won by Tara Bage. Tara took a one-year A level course at MPW in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics after achieving grades CCC the previous summer at Hurstpierpoint College. After her year at MPW, she achieved grades A*A*A and won a place to read Medicine at University College London.

James Barton