The Committee of South London Principals (COSLP) held their annual Best Learner and Teacher Awards on Thursday 23 May at the House of Lords to celebrate their very best learners and exceptional teachers.

Kingston College is pleased to announce their winners!

Best Student Kingston College: Rager Shaker (pictured second left)

Rager is truly an inspiration: he has refugee status and no family in this country to support him during his studies, yet he independently sought voluntary work experience to prepare him for his studies on the barbering programme at Kingston College.

One of Rager's most impressive qualities is his ability to connect with clients on a personal level, creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. He consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that each client receives exceptional service tailored to their individual preferences and needs. Rager has shown remarkable leadership qualities, often serving as a mentor to fellow students and actively contributing to a collaborative learning environment. He is highly respected by peers and faculty alike for his professionalism, integrity, and willingness to help others succeed.

Rager demonstrates a strong understanding of the importance of ongoing education and staying current with industry trends. He actively seeks out opportunities for professional development and continuously strives to expand his knowledge and expertise in the field of barbering. He demonstrates skill, creativity, professionalism, and a passion for and dedication to mastering the art and craft of barbering which is highly commendable.

Best Teacher Kingston College: Jenny Wiltshire (pictured far right)

Jenny has been a lecturer at Kingston College since March 2008, specialising in hairdressing and barbering. She has been instrumental in the development of the hairdressing and barbering programmes and works with numerous employers on programmes ensuring they are developed and delivered to equip the students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for future careers in the industry. Jenny is also responsible for the running of the commercial salon on the College premises where our students are assessed working on paying clients.

Jenny has recently been promoted to a Team Leader within the Commercial Industries & Access School and Jenny’s focus is now to work with other curriculum teams across the School to ensure all of our programmes engage with employers in their curriculum design. 

Jenny is an outstanding lecturer and personal tutor, and this is reflected in the growth in students joining the barbering programmes in particular over the last couple of academic years. Jenny is an asset to the College, supporting students and colleagues alike, and we are delighted for Jenny to receive this award.