A creative student from a specialist college has won a Christmas card competition to have her design featured on the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) official greetings card.

Amy Jude, a 21-year-old residential student at Derwen College, in Shropshire, won a Christmas card design competition organised by the Association of Colleges. As the winner, her vibrant design features on the association’s official Christmas greetings card for 2019 – both card and electronic GIF versions.

Amy, from Hereford, was awarded with a voucher for her hard work. She said she was happy but surprised to have won the competition with her heart-shaped creation which features iconic Christmas images such as stars, stockings, holly and a Christmas pudding.

She said: “I was really shocked when I was told I’d won. I phoned my Mum straightaway and she was shocked too. I like art and design, and enjoy using bright colours and strong shapes. For this design, I drew a Christmas pudding, stocking, holly, parcels, baubles and stars. I used marker pens to make the colours stand out.”

Association of Colleges Chief Executive David Hughes picked the winner of the competition.

He said: “We are delighted to be using Amy’s fantastic design on our Christmas cards. It’s great to have talented students designing cards for us and this year the standard of entries was extremely high as always. Amy’s stood out through her use of such vibrant colours and the spirit of giving and a time to celebrate was clear. We’re very proud to be circulating it far and wide this festive season and I am sure everyone will love it!”

The former pupil at Barrs Court Special School, in Hereford, is in her first year at specialist college Derwen College – a further educational college for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). She is following the college’s Creative Arts pathway.