BARNSLEY college students have been praised for their hard work at the annual Excellence Awards that were presented last week.

The awards ceremony - at the Barnsley Metrodome - saw 27 awards handed out for students who had done exceptionally well. There was also praise for college departments and apprentices.

April Livesey, a Business Administration Apprentice impressed the judges with her commitment and dedication to her studies and work despite battling some health problems. She scooped a double gong - picking up the Overall Achievement Award as well as Apprentice of the Year.

She said: “The Excellence Awards are great for celebrating student achievement; being recognised with an award really makes you feel like your hard work is rewarded, it was a great night.”

Guests enjoyed a three course meal and entertainment including dancers, a violinist, an opera singer and diablo performance, all provided by students from the College’s Faculty of Media, Arts and Entertainment.

Picture one shows Barnsley Chronicle editor Andrew Harrod presenting the award to Laura Lindley Picture two shows Barnsley College's Colin Booth presenting the award to Diane Wall ** Photos courtesy of Tim Cleasby Photography **