Posted on 12 July 2017
Last Friday 44 Public Services students successfully took part in their annual Passing Out Parade, held at Merrist Wood College. The students had been practising every day to ensure the parade marching was unified and impressive. The sun shone as the students were inspected by guests invited in from the Uniformed Public Services including; Detective Chief Superintendent Helen Collins of Surrey Police, Major Richard Lawn of the Royal Logistic Corps and Sargeant Edward Winslow of the Royal Marines.
Parents and guests watched proudly as students were awarded special awards for their achievements on the course. There were a number of sporting awards given out and award winners included Rebecca Wood for ‘Fastest Female 1.5 Mile Run’, Leonardo Arnone for ‘Fastest Male 1.5 Mile Run’ and ‘Fastest Male 3.5 Mile Run’, and Joanna Prichard for ‘Fastest Female 3.5 Mile Run’.
Joanna Prichard was also awarded ‘Top Level 3 Student’ for 100% attendance throughout the year and achieving Distinction in every unit of her course. Joanna commented: “Completing the Public Services courses at Merrist Wood College has really helped to improve my confidence and communication skills, which I know will come in useful in my future.”
Other award winners included Sairish Asad-Zaman who achieved Distinction in every unit of her course and received the award for ‘Top Level 2 Student’, Wesley Taylor for ‘Most Improved Student’, and Elliot Kempfor ‘Outstanding Personal Qualities’.
Detective Chief Superintendent Helen Collins of Surrey Police was invited to close the ceremony, commenting: “Young people often get bad press, but today has just shown that we have some amazing, talented young people in Surrey and it’s lovely to hear that so many people here want to join the public services. It has been an absolute honour to present these awards today, and I’d like to wish you all the best for the future.”
Richard Dewing, Director of Merrist Wood College said: “The day went really well and everyone was impressed at how professionally the students marched and stood withstanding the heat of the day. We are very proud of our students and wish them luck in their chosen career, or next step in education.”
Many of the students have already been accepted to enter the Police and Navy, with one student joining the Navy last Sunday. Many other students are progressing to university to study Criminology. The courses at the College provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge for these types of careers and enable them to experience visits to various places of interest and speakers throughout the year. Click here to find out more about Public Services courses.