It’s not every day you are invited to the House of Commons for a special awards night.
But that’s exactly what happened to 18-year-old Kirsty Newman from Chipping Norton, who was one of a group of students from across the country invited to attend the Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Awards, which celebrate the achievements of college alumni.
The former Abingdon and Witney College student has been on quite a winning streak, after she was highly commended by the AoC and previously being nominated Student of the Year by her college.
Kirsty said: “It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to celebrate the success that I’ve had with college.
“This process and achievement is something I may not have the opportunity to do again and I am so grateful to have experienced this.”
Kirsty, who is now studying for a degree in primary education at Oxford Brookes University, was joined at the glitzy occasion by her father David, along with Abingdon & Witney College principal Di Batchelor.
Ms Batchelor said: “[Kirsty] is a shining example of how far you can go with passion and dedication for a career that you care about.”