Posted on 08 July 2019
Merrist Wood College’s Public Services students recently held their annual Passing Out Parade at the College. This year’s parade commander was Max Fletcher, who commanded 30 students in total.
The Public Services programmes at the College teach students the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the uniformed services. Students develop a number of transferrable skills for the future including communication, teamwork, leadership, organisation and more.
Police Constable Russell Dyos of the Metropolitan Police Service, and Guardsman Adam Smith and David Nash of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards all studied Public Services at the College and were invited back to inspect the students.
Parents and guests watched proudly as students were given awards for their achievements on their course. There were a number of sporting awards given out, including Chloe Booker for ‘Fastest 1.5 Mile Run (Female)’, and Alex Bicknell for ‘Fastest 1.5 Mile Run (Male)’ and ‘Best Overall Fitness’. Other special awards included Elliott Roberts for ‘Top Level 2 Student’, Velvet Elson for ‘Most Improved Public Services Student’ and Katie Lendrum for the ‘Outstanding Personal Qualities’ award and ‘Top Level 3 Student’.
Public Services tutor, Alan Stockill, opened the ceremony by giving thanks to students and staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. He also thanked the parents and special guests for their continued support.
To close the ceremony, Level 3 students Freia Bryceland and Katie Lendrum, talked about their fundraising efforts throughout the year and thanked the Chair of Headway Surrey, Keith Churchouse, for attending their parade. This year students took part in a car wash, cake sale and water obstacle course to raise around £240 for the local charity.
Places are still available on Public Services programmes starting this September. For more information or to apply, please visit the Public Services subject area page or call: 01483 88 40 40.