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Derby College Celebrates Peak Performers

More than 200 people gathered for the 12th annual Derby College Peak Awards at the historic Roundhouse to celebrate the achievements of students across the organisation and at Merrill Academy which is sponsored by the College.

The awards were compered by sports commentator Andrew James and presented by a host of local businesses who had sponsored the awards.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino said: “Learning is a journey of self-development which often leads to much more than a recognised qualification.

Author Date For Derby College students

Derby College English A level students Adam Woodward and Libby Mayfield met renowned author Jon McGregor recently to discuss his latest book ‘If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things’ as part of the first Derby Book Festival.

The students were invited to a book club discussion led by James Naughtie on BBC Radio Four, hosted by Déda in Derby, as part of the festival.

Adam (18) from Burton-on-Trent is planning to study English Literature at university after College.

Derby College teams up with Derbyshire County Cricket Club to boost students’ employability skills

Derby College and Derbyshire County Cricket Club have joined forces to launch two specialist skills academies to better prepare young people for the world of work.

The Cricket Derbyshire Sports Academy will be based at The 3aaa County Ground from September. Students will complete a BTEC Level three sports qualification, train alongside the Derbyshire squads and gain specialist skills and work experience in areas such as coaching and event management.

Derby Creative Project Sinfonia Viva Shortlisted For National Lottery Award

An innovative creative project led by Derby-based professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva and involving more than 100 local young people has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Grammy nominated Orchestra, which already has a national reputation for its education and community work and is an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation, has reached the final stages of the National Lottery Awards.

Local Bands Offered Centre Stage at Jenson Button Trust Triathlon

A local band will be given the opportunity to perform live as part of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon in Markeaton Park on Sunday July 12.

Organisers are offering one band the chance to perform on stage at the Event Village in the park as part of the day of entertainment, events and activities for spectators and competitors.

Hundreds of novice, amateur and professional triathletes, including F1 McLaren Honda driver Jenson Button and renowned chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay, will be competing on the day. 

2 Actors bring The Turn of the Screw, Henry James's Gothic masterpiece, to life at Buxton Fringe

A brand new adaptation sees two actors bring this classic story of suspense and ambiguity to the stage. With inventive storytelling, this production is sure to please avid fans of the story and of new theatre alike at Underground Venues on Wed 22nd July until Fri 24th July.

The story follows a young governess who is sent to the country to care for two orphans. Taken in by her ideal new life, she begins to see something sinister behind her charges' perfection and realises a new threat she must protect them from. But are they already lost?

Peak District Artisans launch creative marketing campaign

Peak District Artisans have launched a new marketing campaign as they look to raise awareness of the brand, whilst appealing to a younger audience.

To include targeted direct marketing, combined with online activity; featuring strong social media presence, the Want That Art campaign marks the association’s biggest investment in marketing since it was established in 1991.

Bursary Awards For Derby College Students

Two Derby College Art & Design students have won bursaries from Derby Decorative and Fine Arts Society to support their move into Higher Education.

UAL Art Foundation Diploma students Jess Allen and Rebecca Leam have won £400 and £200 respectively after being shortlisted for the annual award.

Jess (19) from Morley impressed the judges with her dress which combines Japanese origami artwork with current fashion inspired by designer Elie Saab. She dyed and hand-folded more than 4,000 paper petals for the piece – representing more than two weeks’ work.

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