2016 Graduation news: ESPA College students.

Grad 1 2016ESPA College held its end of year celebrations for the third year in a row in Bede Tower at Bethany Church, Sunderland.  Students, parents, staff and Trustees joined together to celebrate what has been an excellent year of achievement with many of our learners far exceeding their goals and expectations.

Steven Miller – local Paralympian and Rio Bronze Medal   winner made an outstanding contribution as guest speaker and Joanna Dionysou from our new Middlesbrough provision at My Place provided delightful vocals.


ESPA Trustee,  Phil Moxon commented: “I am always impressed by the progress made by the students during their time with ESPA.  This is due to the knowledge, support and dedication of the whole staff team who take pride in the student’s achievements”.   He added:  “Thanks should also go to those involved in preparing and serving the excellent buffet which was enjoyed by all those attending”.

This year ESPA College has opened a new College provision in Middlesbrough at My Place and the College curriculum has evolved to include new vocational/work related opportunities.  ESPA’s garden furniture production facility, DeliverMeTimbers is now located within the College at South Hill and extends our existing small enterprises of bicycle repair and clothes alteration.   A confectionery production business is also being developed. We see this as the most effective way of teaching work skills to our learners and preparing them for real work experience outside of the College.

Grad2 2016The provision for our young students moving onto University  continues to go from strength to strength with former full time ESPA College students  achieving honours degrees and two former students going on to achieve a first class honours degree.

Special ESPA Awards were handed out at the Graduation as follows:

The students particularly enjoyed their Prom evening where mocktails, karaoke and a fancy dress picture booth all added to a lovely time.



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