Prior Pursglove student wins Prestigious Award

Here at Prior Pursglove College we are thrilled to announce that one of our students, Hamza Arshad, has been announced as the winner of the ‘Young Achiever in the Community’ award at the Tees Valley BME Awards.

This award recognises a BME young person who has made extraordinary or significant achievements in their chosen field (Sports, Education, Arts etc) and demonstrated leadership or excellence.

The Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards not only raises awareness of BME communities in the Tees Valley, but also creates a platform to inspire and promote community cohesion.

This event brings together and honours a diverse range of individuals and groups, drawing attention to their outstanding achievements and successes, from those organisations working at the grass roots to well established members of the community, newly emerging stars and of course our dynamic young community members.  It recognises the wealth of achievement, talent and contribution that BME individuals and groups are making in the community and captures the multicultural spirit of the Tees Valley.

You can read more about the awards here

Hamza was nominated for this award by his college Faculty Manager, Paul Grainger, for the outstanding contribution that he makes to both college and the local community:

“Hamza undertakes numerous volunteering work both inside and outside of college.  He volunteers at James Cook Hospital in the Cardiology department helping patients with a whole host of conditions.  Hamza has assisted in practical tasks such as observations, ECGs and assisting those who needed it as well as providing comfort for patients who are at end of life.

Hamza is the Student Union President, which involves representing students interests and dealing with key stakeholders to create an ever-improving college environment. He also takes a leadership role in his community by delivering and leading the Friday prayers for the Muslim community during college, which involves giving the Khutbah (Islamic sermon) and preparing spaces to pray for upwards of 30 people.

Hamza also volunteers in his local charity shop which has enabled him to communicate with people from all ages and backgrounds.

He has also been involved with the local charity ‘Halo’ to help them better support the local community.

He is a valued member of both the college and wider Tees Valley community and it is a pleasure to recommend him for this award.”

Another of our students, Blessing Mgbemere, was nominated for the same award.


Deputy Faculty Manager, Paul Sudlow says of Blessing:

“Blessing has a passion for helping the elderly or those with disabilities in her local community.  She gives up her spare time to go to their homes to provide help and company when they may not have family locally.  Blessing has shown commitment and selflessness in order to ensure the lives of those in need in the community are improved by holding conversations, shopping, cleaning and listening to the people she cares for.  She is supportive and sympathetic, dedicated and trusted.  Blessing goes the extra mile to ensure those people don’t feel lonely or go without.  She does this alongside studying full time for her A Levels and sees caring for others as where her future career lies.

We can only admire Blessing’s dedication to make a difference.”

Prior Pursglove College is immensely proud of both of our students for their dedication and commitment, not only to their studies, but for the kindness and caring demonstrated within their wider communities.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!