Local Pupil wins Governor’s Award at SGS

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College students celebrated their achievements at the annual Prize Day ceremonies last week before they depart onto the next level of their chosen career path.

Prize Day is an event to congratulate and celebrate all completing students as well as awarding individuals, for outstanding performance and with over 3000 people joining in with these celebrations, it was two days to remember.

On Friday 16th June the Stroud Campus held the first event and the following week, Friday 23rd June, the Bristol Campus wrapped up the celebrations.  Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal at SGS College comments: “Prize Day is the College’s biggest event of the year. All students deserve to be congratulated for their success; what better way than to join with their friends, families and teachers in celebration. Both events were a great success and a fun time was had by all.”

Winning the Governor’s award for the Top Learner was 21 year old Sophie Mitchell from Bradley Stoke.  

Sophie started on a level 1 Travel and Tourism course and progressed to level 2 this year. She has battled anorexia and depression for many years, to the point where she wouldn’t have made her 20th birthday if she didn’t make vital life changing decisions and steps in getting herself healthy both physically and mentally.

Over the last year with help and support she has totally turned her life around. She is maintaining a healthy lifestyle and has become an ambassador for BEAT, an eating disorder charity. She has worked tirelessly this year fund raising for them and has motivated other travel students to do the same. She also beat off stiff competition from 200 other students to become an ambassador for the ‘This girl can’ campaign.

Sophie commented: “I couldn’t be happier to win this award. I am in utter shock, such a surprise and I am so thankful to all of the staff that I have encountered for their generosity and amazing support. I want to give particular thank to my personal trainer Joanna, as without her, I wouldn’t be here.”

Sophie’s Tutor, Nicola Smart commented: “Sophie has turned her life around. Her zest for life and her caring, compassionate nature has enabled her to be a role model for other students and we are so proud of everything she has achieved.”

You can read more of Sophie’s story in the latest editions of Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters available to view on line here

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