Kirby claims inaugural Public Services Award

Barnsley College Public Services student Kirby Robson has been recognised for her achievements at the college’s Excellence Awards ceremony.

Kirby, of Ebenezer Street, Great Houghton, received the Johnston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Services, which was presented for the first time at the ceremony at Barnsley Metrodome.

She achieved the highest grade possible – a Triple Distinction Star – on her Level 3 course and has attended full-time training to become a Special Constable with South Yorkshire Police at the age of just 19.

Kirby is now progressing onto a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Public Services at University Campus Barnsley and was described by her tutor as ‘a very focused and determined individual’ for the way she has pursued her aim of applying to be a Police Officer.
Kirby said: “It was great to be the first winner of the award and I was really proud to be recognised for my achievements both in college and extra to my course. I have loved my time at college and would happily do it all again. My tutors have been really helpful and have worked with me to identify the steps on my journey towards my goal of joining the Police Force.”

The college’s former Chair of Governors Frank Johnston has continued his links with the college by sponsoring the award. Having been brought up in a military family, Frank served in the Merchant Navy, followed by ten years service in the RAF. He also spent 15 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police as an Inspectorate Officer. Since settling in Barnsley, Frank has been committed to the voluntary sector, was Chairman of the Citizens Advice Bureau and served as a governor of the college for ten years.

Frank Johnston added: “Kirby is an impressive young lady whose overall performance makes her a worthy first winner of this award. I wish to publicly congratulate her on winning the award. I am sure that she will have a successful career in the Police Force and will be a credit to the community which she will serve.”

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Last updated: 9th July 2015

Originally posted on: 9th July 2015