Mansfield mum named top student for the year at college

A Mansfield beauty therapist is celebrating after receiving a Student of the Year title at West Nottinghamshire College.

Claire Ward has just enrolled onto the level three spa diploma at the college’s Derby Road campus.

Claire Ward with her student of the year prize from West Nottinghamshire College

Claire Ward with her student of the year prize from West Nottinghamshire College

And she got a big surprise when tutors presented her with a hamper of professional Dermalogica products, in recognition of her commitment to her coursework.

Claire, 36, who returned to studying after having her two children, was delighted to receive a box of skin products which she uses in her work as a therapist.

She said: “I’m so pleased with my prize and I love this range of products which I work with regularly as a beauty therapist.

“I’m really enjoying college and for me to return to studying at 36 was a big thing.

“I have two children, so studying alongside being a mum was a huge change.

“It’s become financially more possible to come to college and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I just went for it and I’ve settled in really well.”

On the course, Claire has studied micro dermabrasion, massage, Indian head massage, spa treatments and facial electrotherapy services.

She has also studied the theoretical side to the beauty business, including promoting services and products, and contributing to the financial effectiveness of the business.

Sarah Morley, Claire’s tutor, added: “Claire has been an inspiration.

Last year she was such an outstanding student.

“Her attendance, high grades and superb promotion of the beauty products was excellent.

“Her commitment to her studies and passion for learning is continuing this year and it’s these kind of qualities which we like to recognise and reward our students for.”