INSPIRATIONAL Bridgwater & Taunton College students have been celebrated for their achievements at the college's Value Added Awards. 

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC)'s Value Added Awards take place twice a year and give staff the opportunity to recognise further education students from across the curriculum.

A total of 40 students have been recognised for making significant progress, overcoming considerable challenges, or showing excellent personal attributes during their studies. 

Two students can be nominated from each campus by curriculum area. 

They all faced unique challenges, but every nominated student showed determination, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic to achieve their personal or academic goals. 

Many of the nominees gained high grades or sought-after work placements.

Others showed an excellent approach to in-college learning and were supportive towards their peers and staff members. 

Read more: BTC Nursing students start work experience at Musgrove Park Hospital

Read more: Taunton pioneer T Level student 'really enjoying' undertaking new qualification

One used wellbeing knowledge gained in the college's Advantage scheme to help a fellow student find the support they needed. 

Nominating tutors said they were proud to have these students in their classes and said they were a pleasure to teach.

TJ Matthews, a level 3 Nuclear student, said: "I am very grateful to have won the award and proud of the lovely words my tutor has said about me.

"I'd like to thank all my teachers who have supported me and I am looking forward to the year ahead."

Somerset County Gazette: WINNERS: The students recognised by the BCT Value Added Awards at the Bridgwater campusWINNERS: The students recognised by the BCT Value Added Awards at the Bridgwater campus

Lessa Hayes, mum to award winner Will, of Bridgwater, said: "After finding out that Will had been nominated for a Value Added Award, as his mum, I felt full of pride. 

"Will only joined the college in September, so to be commended for his commitment and excellent progress makes me immensely proud. 

"After such a turbulent and tough couple of years with the disturbance of Covid-19, "ill has transitioned into college life with maturity and ease. 

"I hope Will is as proud of his achievement as I am of him."

Andy Berry, Principal and Chief Executive of BTC said “The Added Value awards are about recognising the personal journey and individual challenges faced and overcome by some of our students. 

"Hearing their stories is both humbling and inspirational.

"Covid-19 has had an impact on all our students, however, they have demonstrated courage and resilience.

"What they have achieved is truly incredible and they have a great deal to be proud of.”

He continued: "We are enormously proud of them.

"Many of their tutors said that they had no doubt they would go far in life and excel in their chosen careers, I wholeheartedly agree and look forward to hearing about their next steps."

For more information about BTC, including courses, student support and more stories of student achievement, please visit