SEND learners celebrate Banbury Community Heroes in award ceremony at Banbury and Bicester College



SEND students from Banbury and Bicester College recently celebrated key members of their community by holding an awards ceremony.

As part of their Project Based Learning lessons, students studying the Foundation and Supported Studies programmes at the Broughton Road campus, recently appealed to Banbury residents to nominate members of the public who give their time and efforts to support their local community.

Within this powerful project, the supported learning students were overwhelmed by the number of nominations which created a fantastic opportunity to find out about the selfless ways in which individuals support the local community and the issues local people are facing. 

In a bid to raise awareness and bring the community together, the students organised an awards ceremony to celebrate the work being done and give thanks to our Banbury Community Heroes.  

Celebrating Banbury Community Heroes

The awards took place recently and was attended by nine Community Hero Award Finalists and their families and friends. During the event, students celebrated each nominee with a personalised thank you speech. They also showcased fantastic performances by members of the college’s special needs choir, Lifeskills Rock. 

Kate Johnson, Teacher at Activate Learning, said: “I could not be prouder of our amazing young people.

“Not only have they immersed themselves in learning so much about the community, local issues and the selfless acts of others, but they planned a fabulous ceremony of celebration and thanks for valued members of the community.

SEND learners Project Based Learning

“The students wowed the audience with their singing, public speaking, Makaton choir performance and presentation skills.

“They worked tirelessly behind the scenes, planning the event, writing interview questions, designing programmes and invites, printing and framing certificates and baking cakes. 

“The Lifeskills faculty at Banbury and Bicester College are invested in supporting our students with additional needs in communication, self-advocacy and independence. This project was a true reflection of their achievement, confidence and passion for learning. 

“Congratulations to Mike Hampton, Andy Willis, Ben Malcher, Debi Coles, Kirsty Poynter, Sorrell Hunter, Fynn Watt, Freddy Bull and our winner Jonathan Wise. Keep inspiring, supporting and being an advocate for change.”

Activate Learning, which Banbury and Bicester College is part of, was recently awarded Outstanding for its High Needs provision by Ofsted.

Discover programmes for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Banbury and Bicester College or contact Activate Learning on 0800 612 6008.