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.

Merton College is pleased to announce their winners!


Best Learner Award 2024 Merton College: Cody Welch (pictured centre)

Cody is studying Level 2 Electrical Installation and is coming to the end of a second successful year. Cody has cerebral palsy but even when clearly facing difficulties, he does not complain nor expect to be treated differently. He’s persevered and progressed, becoming more confident and consistently demonstrating an outstanding aptitude and a strong work ethic.

Cody has actively participated in work placement activities, where he has broadened his knowledge and practical skills in electrical installation and other construction trades. His tutor said: “Cody is well respected by his peers, often helping them in the workshop where he was the first one in his group to complete his practical assessment.


Best Teacher Award 2024 Merton College: Stewart Millward (pictured right)

Stewart Millward is an outstanding tutor whose enthusiasm for Electrical and lifelong learning has positively impacted the lives of so many students. He understands the individual needs and aspirations of each student and employs a diverse range of teaching strategies to cater to different learning styles, so every student feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

Stewart’s ability to build professional, inspiring, and motivating relationships with learners, coupled with his organised and diligent approach to lesson planning, sets Stewart apart as a true asset to the teaching profession. 


Well done to both Cody and Stewart for this fantastic achievement.