Principal and Chief Executive of Stephenson College Dr. Nigel Leigh OBE travelled to the island of St Helena earlier this month to help celebrate the academic achievements of ten students who last year studied their Construction and the Built Environment qualifications with us here in Coalville, Leicestershire.

A unique partnership programme between Stephenson College, the St Helena Government, Enterprise St Helena and the St Helena Community College saw ten students awarded with Edexcel BTEC Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Higher National Diplomas (HND) in Construction.

Dr. Leigh OBE made the 4758 mile trip to the South Atlantic to personally award each Construction and the Built Environment student their qualification certificates at a presentation held at Mantis St Helena on Thursday 15 February 2018.

Councillor Lawson Henry, who gave opening remarks on behalf of Enterprise St Helena said:

“St Helenians are very talented with many developing their skills and craft over many years, learning from others in the community.

"The Board and team at Enterprise St Helena wanted to recognise those skills and talents and support those on-Island by giving them access to opportunities for appropriate qualifications.

"That is how this programme came about.”

Dr. Leigh OBE then gave a speech in which he spoke about the friendship and respect between Stephenson College and St Helena.

He praised the partnership programme and said the College was honoured to have been part of this successful venture. He gave admiration for the dedication and quality of work produced by the students on the course and said it stood to prove the Island’s hunger for knowledge and thirst for development. He encouraged the continuation of the partnerships in future to educate Saints and enrich the lives of all on-Island.

Dr. Leigh OBE and St Helena Governor Lisa Phillips presented certificates to the following graduates – Len Coleman, Nico Ellick, Darren Francis, Ian Gough, Theron Henry (absent), David John, Merrill Joshua, Mark Plato, Devlin Yon, and Peter Young (All pictured)