THE Isle of Wight College has won on three fronts at this year's Isle of Wight Education Awards.

Pat Suttmann took home the gold in the leading light category, while Lindsay Davies won the strong foundation award and Katy Edmunds clinched the unleashing potential prize.

College principal, Debbie Lavin, said: “I am immensely proud of Pat, Lindsay and Katy.

"Our students benefit from having such enthusiastic, dedicated and motivational tutors and support managers here at the college."

The awards, run by the Isle of Wight Council, celebrate the highest calibre of teaching and support staff across the Island.

The college submitted one nomination for each of the eight categories, of which five were shortlisted in the final.

Pat, who recently secured more than €750,000 in EU funding for the college, was nominated by Paul Buckland, head of enrichment, enterprise and schools.

"Pat works tirelessly to create new opportunities for students and staff on an international platform," said Paul.

"Her bid writing skills and negotiations with the British Council and other European funders have enabled positive, life changing travel experiences for hundreds of students at the college.”

Paul, who also nominated Lindsay, said: “Lindsay is passionate about ensuring the travel and tourism curriculum is exciting, relevant and current.

"Her students love being in class — lessons are varied, interesting and pacey, with an emphasis on having fun.”

Katy was nominated by Arlene Cooper, head of academic studies.

“Katy’s generosity of time and encouragement has benefited many young people, unleashing their potential in areas they did not know they could succeed," said Arlene.

"By carefully assessing each student’s capabilities and passions, Katy finds innovative ways to develop their performance skills, while instilling in them the resilience to be self-critical and constantly improve."

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