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Bromley and Bexley students at London South East Colleges attend first-ever awards evening with winner of The Apprentice

PUBLISHED: 14:27 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 06 July 2017

Winners of London South East College's first ever awards evening were presented with prizes on Tuesday

Winners of London South East College's first ever awards evening were presented with prizes on Tuesday

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The awards evening was held on Tuesday evening

Students at London South East Colleges marked the end of its first year with an award evening this week.

The college, which brought Bexley College, Bromley College and Greenwich Community College together as one last summer, rewarded 17 students for their hard at work since September, with former winner of The Apprentice, Michelle Dewberry also attending.

Rose Bruford College in Sidcup hosted more than 100 guests and visitors from the college’s four campuses in Erith, Bromley, Orpington and Greenwich on Tuesday night.

A successful businesswoman in the world of IT, Ms Dewberry told students how she left school early with no qualifications, but went on to work in television and raise money for charity.

She said: “It is so important for us all to stop and take a moment out of our busy lives to reflect on success. Everyone has a different story and a different set of challenges, but achievement should be celebrated and used to inspire one another.

“My advice is to set yourself targets and follow your dreams. The world is an exciting place and with enough drive and determination, you can achieve success.”

Principal of London South East Colleges, Sam Parrett, praised the award winners, saying: “It has been a wonderful evening, hearing about our students’ exceptional achievements and successes.

“This is a particularly special year for us – the first as London South East Colleges. Bringing together three colleges has been no easy task but I thank both staff and students for playing their part in such a successful merger.

“And tonight’s event has been a great way to end the year. We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received and continue to receive from staff, stakeholders, governors, parents, students, employers and each Local Authority. Michelle was also a very inspiring host.

“Our college brings together communities, enabling people to gain the qualifications and skills they need to achieve career success. All our award winners are inspirational and set an amazing example to others - showing the dedication and commitment needed for success. I congratulate them and wish them all the very best for the future.”

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