Student success celebrated at Pass off Parade

June 23, 2017

South Downs College students marched with pride at the Passing Off ceremony at Fort Purbrook on Thursday.

Students from the Uniformed and Public Services courses took part in the celebration on 22 June, which for many marked the end of their successful South Downs College experience.

The ceremony included the first ever section attack shooting display carried out by the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), witnessed by a crowd of supporting friends and family.

Vice Principal Richard Barlow said: “The College is immensely proud of the fantastic work carried out by the staff and students in the Public and Uniformed Services.

“One of the many benefits of our merger with Havant Sixth Form College will be our ability to offer these fantastic opportunities to even more students.”

Commanding Officer Andy Northover said that the CCF is open to all students however added that there will be a ‘push’ to encourage more pupils across the College to join over the coming years.

He added: “The shooting display today is just a taster of what is to come. We intend it to be even bigger and better next year.”

Awards were then handed out, which saw Aaron Mellish, Millie Johnsey and Tristan Thompson secure ‘Top Student’ and Leon Breakspear, Rylee Platt and Jimmy Robinson win ‘Most Improved’.

Director of Curriculum, Ashley Grute, spoke to the students after awards were handed to stand-out students.

He said: “This is a wonderful occasion to mark the end of the course. I would like to say that whatever you are going to do next you should be incredibly proud for what you have achieved at South Downs College.”

Joining in on the ceremony and commending the students hard work were dignitaries SSGT Frank Old AFCO, MJR Dave Love RMP, Chief Petty Officer SA Armstrong RN and PC Nicola Manning.

The Uniformed and Public Service courses at South Downs College gives students a thorough introduction into service life, its customs, traditions and procedures. For more information on the Uniformed and Public Service courses, visit