‘Outstanding’ East Coast College students recognised at special ceremony

Celebration of Achievement event at Potters Resort, Hopton. Pictured are all the winning students.

Celebration of Achievement event at Potters Resort, Hopton. Pictured are all the winning students. - Credit: James Fletcher

The achievements of 20 “outstanding” students were recognised at a special ceremony which praised their dedication in wanting to learn and develop.

Celebration of Achievement event at Potters Resort, Hopton. Pictured are all the winning students.

Celebration of Achievement event at Potters Resort, Hopton. Pictured are all the winning students. - Credit: James Fletcher

More than 180 people attended the East Coast College awards at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton, on Tuesday.

The annual student achievement awards is seen as the most important event in the academic year, acknowledging the students which have set themselves the highest of standards and exceeded them – demonstrating how the college meets its vision “to unlock potential through learning”.

The event is sponsored by Archant’s coastal titles – Lowestoft Journal, Great Yarmouth Mercury and Beccles and Bungay Journal. Coastal editor Anne Edwards attended to present the overall winner with the Student of the Year award.

This student was selected by Mrs Edwards from all the other winners. She was quick to point out that every winner and nominee should be very proud of their achievements and they were all winners, however she believed Ana Pinho had stood out saying: “She demonstrated real commitment and determination; starting as an ESOL student (English for students of other languages) and is now planning for a degree and future profession.”

Ana was thrilled to receive the award. She has secured a job at the University of East Anglia Hospital and is looking forward to developing her passion for English and care into a nursing or teaching profession.

The event was closed by college chief executive officer and principal Stuart Rimmer, who congratulated the students on their achievements pointing out “success is always a team effort, behind every Olympian is a team of support, so I ask one thing of you all, consider who has helped you achieve your goals this year, be it your parents, friends, tutors or mentors or even an interested stranger - and be sure to say thank you.”

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East Coast College, formed by the uniting of Lowestoft and Yarmouth colleges, is recruiting students of all ages and abilities visit www.eastcoast.ac.uk.

Students who gained awards were:

Creative studies student of the year (sponsored by Walters Snowdon Advertising)

Jake Allcorn

Community student of the year

(sponsored by Suffolk Constabulary)

Ian Allen

Energy student of the year

(sponsored by Fred Olson Windcarrier Ltd and Global Wind Service UK Ltd)

Jack Barrett-Knowles

Apprentice of the year

(sponsored by Peter Aldous MP)

Joshua Bryenton

Engineering student of the year

(sponsored by M&H Plastics)

Mathew Challis

Travel and tourism student of the year

(sponsored by Hoseasons Holidays)

Sarah Cunningham

Motor Vehicle student of the year

(sponsored by Simpsons Motor group)

Robert Gasking

Most improved student of the year

(sponsored by Birds Eye)

Jason Greeves

Work placement student of the year

(sponsored by All Hallows Healthcare Trust)

Reece Hawkings

Outstanding Progression in English

(sponsored by Lodge of Friendship)

James Horner

Outstanding progression in Maths

(sponsored by Lodge of Friendship)

Charlotte Jarvis

Construction trades student of the year

(sponsored by Persimmon Homes)

Georgia Layton-Bullock

Sport and leisure student of the year

(sponsored by Sentinel Leisure Trust)

Charlie Norman

Governors’ special recognition award

(sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of commerce)

Bruna Pinheiro

Governors’ special recognition award

(sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce)

Anna Pinho

Principal’s Wellbeing Award

(sponsored by Mind, Great Yarmouth and Waveney)

William Russell

Hairdressing student of the year

(sponsored by College Kits Direct)

Ben Standley

Hospitality and catering student of the year

(sponsored by Lowestoft Lions)

Britney Stannard

Foundation Skills Student of the Year

(sponsored by Waveney Norse)

David Thompson

Caring studies student of the year

(sponsored by Norse Care)

Laura White

Overall Student of the Year

Ana Pinho