Posted by Ellie Stevens on the 19 Jun 2017

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Orchard Hill College is delighted to announce our student Josh recently won the Best Learner Award at The House of Lords.


The Committee of South London Principals (COSLP) held its annual Best Learner Awards and Josh attended with family and staff from the College to watch him receive his award presented by Lord Tope.

Josh joined the Building Skills for Independence (BSI) course in January 2014 and has become a role model for his peers. Josh leads on the College student voice forum and has been a regular contributor to the College magazine.


During the course, Josh was able to secure a work placement at Resolve Solvency firm, based in Tower Bridge. This helped Josh to develop travel skills and through working at Resolve, Josh was able to develop his confidence, independence, dress code in corporate organisations and skills required in administration, which can be transferred to gain future work.


Josh began the course living with his foster parents and through developing new skills he has moved in to supported living accommodation. Josh, is a keen sportsman and with the support of the College, he takes part in MENCAP wellbeing sessions and has successfully taken part in Crystal Palace Disability coaching sessions.


Indy Sunner, Assistant Head said “Josh has made amazing achievements and outstanding progress in every area of our BSI course. To see Josh shine in confidence and make choices that have had such an impact on his life has been amazing to watch and be a part of.”