Every year, we invite former students back to college for a fabulous awards evening. The Beacon Awards celebrate the successes of our students over their two years studying at JCC, recognising academic achievement, effort, contribution, progress and sporting achievements. A select few incredible students also receive our most prestigious awards for outstanding success.
This year, we were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Yvonne Mosquito, to present the awards. The Lord Mayor is a much respected pillar of the local community, dedicating her life to helping young people in education since becoming a Councillor in 1996, so it was an honour to have her as our special guest. We would also like to thank the Birmingham Theatre School, who provided the evening’s entertainment with some wonderful performances from their latest production, The Railway Children.
The evening was a huge success and we are so grateful to all of our colleagues, students and guests for helping everything run smoothly. We would again like to congratulate the winners of our special awards:
The Joseph Chamberlain Award: Janat Munyaneza
Janat put hours into her work outside of her lessons, which led to her outstanding achievement of D*D*D*. She was an active member of the student council and was at many of our events supporting wherever she could. She was recognised by her fellow students as helpful and supportive of everyone. Janat is now reading Engineering and Applied Science foundation year.
The Principal’s Award: Ridha Schwitters
Ridha showed resilience, patience and hard work over the last two years. Her positive attitude and determination to succeed enabled her to achieve great success in her A-levels and create exciting opportunities for her future. Ridha is now reading Optometry.
Vocational Student of the Year: Ruhel Ahmed
Ruhel was an exemplary student, respected by both staff and fellow students alike. He gained a triple Distinction star, achieving distinctions in all 18 units studied. He’s now reading Marketing.
Haleem was an incredibly talented chemist, physicist and mathematician with an extraordinary ability to grasp advanced concepts with ease and a real passion for science. He is now reading Aerospace Engineering.
Stem Award: Ishmail Rafiq
Ishmail was an outstanding student achieving 3 A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. He holds the record for the highest number of marks in an A level chemistry paper at JCC. As a result of his achievements and his desire to help people, he’s now reading medicine.
College Core Values Awards: Bushra Chughtai and Ravneet Deol
Bushra was the Co-President of the Student Council and had a thoughtful approach College wide activities. Her hard work and resilience led to an offer of a place to study at one of the country’s top universities. Bushra is now reading Philosophy, Theology and Ethics.
As well as achieving A* grades in History, Sociology and Law, Ravneet often helped students who struggled in their studies, spending hours in the run up to exams helping classmates to understand the content and structure of essays. Ravneet is now reading Law.