New NCE results show increased pass rate

Just over half the trainees taking the National Certificate Examination this spring passed.

A total of 265 candidates sat the exam in April at 16 centres plus those sitting the certificate in office. The National Certificate was awarded to 136 candidates, a pass rate of 51 per cent. This compares with a pass rate of 43 per cent in April last year.

SOCIETY OF EDITORS’ AWARD (news interview, £250): Jonathan Smart, Nottingham Evening Post.

ESSO AWARD (speech, £250): Alex Day, Kidderminster Shuttle & Times.

TED BOTTOMLEY MEMORIAL AWARD (newspaper practice, £250): Emma Bamford, Buckingham & Winslow Advertiser Group.

The following candidates, listed under the centre at which they sat the examination, have now gained the National Certificate:

BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY: Phyllida Acworth, The News, Portsmouth; Adam Leitch, Southern Daily Echo; Graeme Massie, Southern Daily Echo; Charis Mastris, Basingstoke Gazette; Khushwant Sachdave, The News, Portsmouth; Anita Smith, Basingstoke Gazette; Richard Whitehouse, The News, Portsmouth.

CAMBOURNE POOL REDRUTH COLLEGE, CORNWALL: Angelina Lambourn, Express & Echo, Exeter; Jamie McGinnes, Western Morning News; Elizabeth Parks, Evening Herald, Plymouth; Emma Silverthorne, Archant Regional Ltd; Henry Widdas, Express & Echo, Exeter.

CITY COLLEGE BRIGHTON & HOVE: Huw Borland, Worthing Herald; Sally Hall, The Argus, Brighton; Annette Johnson, West Sussex County Times; James Savours, Harrow Observer.

COLEG GWENT, PONTYPOOL: Jenny Bishop, Wiltshire Gazette & Herald; Ian Fannon , Swindon Evening Advertiser; Ceri Garner, Penarth Times; Dean Valler, Wiltshire Gazette & Herald.

DARLINGTON COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY: Thomas Baldwin, Berwick Advertiser; Julie Barnfather, Sunderland Echo; Rebecca Baxter, Evening Chronicle, Newcastle; Elizabeth Hands, Hexham Courant; Dan Jenkins, Darlington & Stockton Times; Benedict O’Connor, Northumberland Gazette; Kate Relton, The Northern Echo; Jennifer Scott, Hexham Courant; Diana Welsh, Berwickshire News.

EAST SURREY COLLEGE: Paul Askew, Wimbledon Guardian; Emma Cassidy, South London Guardian; Christian Pragnell, Kent Messenger Group; Richard Simcox, News Shopper.

GLOUCESTER: Owen Adams, Gloucestershire Echo; Alison Bartlett, Oxford Mail; Sam Bond, Stroud News & Journal; Matthew Ford, The Citizen, Gloucester; Nigel Hanson, Oxford Mail; Lystra Maisey, The Citizen, Gloucester; Paul Morris, Gloucestershire Echo; Sarah Playforth, Gloucestershire Echo; Christopher Roe, Gloucestershire Echo; James Simpson, Oxford Mail.

HARLOW COLLEGE: Emma Bamford, Buckingham & Winslow Advertiser Group; Marc Beyeler, Milton Keynes Citizen; Piers Eady, Ham & High; Lea Fountain, Evening Echo Newspapers; Isabel Gompertz, Evening Echo, Southend; David Gooderham, Haverhill Echo; Mark Heath, Bury Free Press; James Howell, Evening Echo, Southend; Andrew Kenworthy, Harlow Star; Benjamin Knight, Hertfordshire Mercury Series; Diana Milne, North London Newspapers; Sarah Morris, Herts & Essex Newspapers Ltd; Gary Pearson, Evening Echo Newspapers; Paul Revoir, Waltham Forest Guardian; Claire Rudd, East End Life, London; Joanna Taylor, Evening Echo, Southend; Nicholas Wells, Suffolk Free Press.

HARROW TEACHERS’ CENTRE: Sarah Booker, Buckinghamshire Advertiser; Richard Evans, Watford Observer; Oliver Hemans, Maidenhead Advertiser; David Langton, Bucks Free Press; Rajeshree Sisodia, Berks & Bucks Observer; Joanna Stephenson, Watford Observer.

IN OFFICE: James Davis, Isle of Man Newspapers;Angela Goff, Isle of Man Newspapers; Rachel Pinder, Coventry Evening Telegraph.

LATTON BUSH CENTRE: Helen Cockersole, Kent Messenger; Clare Deadman, Harlow Herald; Rachel Good, Maldon & Burnham Standard; David Grocott, Essex County Newspapers; Matthew Nicholls, Dartford Messenger; Andrew Potts. Evening Echo Newspapers, Basildon.

LEEDS, TRINITY & ALL SAINTS COLLEGE: Anila Baig, Telegraph & Argus; Charles Bullough, Wakefield Express; Jane Charnley, Yorkshire Post; Matthew Croshaw, Driffield Times; John Edwards, Bridlington Free Press; Lisa Goodfellow, Scarborough Evening News; Lauren Hopkins, Scarborough Evening News; Daniel Jones, Selby Times; Sonja Karlsen, Lancashire Evening Post; Mark Lavery, Wakefield Express; Jenny Norton, Bridlington Free Press; Suzanne Poole, Telegraph & Argus; Stuart Robertson, Accrington Observer.

LEICESTER, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY: Christopher Allen, Peterborough Evening Telegraph; Cahal Argue, The Rutland Times; Joanne Bagshaw, Stamford Mercury; Louise Hawgood, Northants Evening Telegraph; Andrew Hawkins, Melton Times; Emma Jacox, Northampton Chronicle & Echo; Matthew Laddin, Nottingham Evening Post; Kate Mills, Northampton Chronicle & Echo; John Roberts, Burton Daily Mail; Stevie Roden, Nottingham Evening Post; Jonathan Smart, Nottingham Evening Post; Paul Whitelam, Northants Evening Telegraph.

LIVERPOOL COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Steven Hallmark, Wirral Globe; Suzanne Harrop, Rossendale Free Press; Catherine Lye, South Manchester Reporter; Michael Molcher, Rochdale Observer; Elizabeth Payne, Warrington Guardian; Jamie Whitehouse, Middleton & North Manchester Guardian.

UNIVERSITY OF PAISLEY: Stuart Forsyth, freelance; Gail Stepo, Fife Herald; Michael Underwood, Milngavie & Bearsden Herald; Ranald Watson, The Campbeltown Courier; Cheryl Wood, Fife Free Press.

SHEFFIELD COLLEGE: Gavin Browne, Oldham Advertiser; Victoria Cottam, Worksop Guardian; Lynwen Davison, Derby Evening Telegraph; Stephen Hallmark, Macclesfield Express Advertiser; Gavin Havery, Worksop Guardian; Owen Hughes, Wilmslow Express Advertiser; Wendy Inkster, Lincolnshire Echo; Rebecca Jenkins, Leicester Mercury; Amrin Khan, Leicester Mercury; Joseph Lumley, Grimsby Evening Telegraph; James Powell, Northwich Guardian; Martin Slack, Worksop Guardian; Melanie West, Lincolnshire Echo; Lucy Wood, Grimsby Evening Telegraph.

WOLVERHAMPTON COLLEGE: Nicholas Coligan, The Sentinel; Alex Day, Kidderminster Shuttle & Times; Alison Fraser, Worcester Evening News; Sharon Hockley, Halesowen News; Beverly Holder, Stourbridge News; Alison Marsh, The Sentinel; Paul McMillan, The Sentinel; Linda Ram, Tamworth Herald; Timothy Smith, The Sentinel; Stella Stokes, Express & Star; Christopher Watson, Burton Daily Mail.


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