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Students from Wisbech are among those recognised in the annual College of West Anglia Awards ceremony




Over 200 staff, students and governors from the College of West Anglia (CWA) came together with families and friends to celebrate outstanding academic and personal achievements at the annual students awards ceremony.

All the winners and runners-up. (12759581)
All the winners and runners-up. (12759581)

The ceremony was held at King’s Lynn Alive Corn Exchange on Wednesday (19).

Head of marketing and student services, Paul O’Shea, hosted the evening, which saw 10 out of 30 shortlisted students from all three of CWA’s campuses crowned as winners in a range of categories, from personal achievement to foundation studies and overall student of the year award.

College principal David Pomfret opened with a review of the academic year, speaking about cross-campus triumphs, success stories and achievements.

He said: "2018-19 has been a very successful year for the college. Some notable successes have included the ‘Good’ Ofsted. As well as 78 per cent of all grades achieved were at C or above – the best results in West Norfolk.

Megan Martin receives her award for creative arts student of the year. (12759607)
Megan Martin receives her award for creative arts student of the year. (12759607)

"Given that profile of student success our award winners, selected from our body of approximately 8,000 students, should be very proud of their achievements. I’m extremely proud of and congratulate our students on their commitment, standard of work and achievements."

Guests listened to an inspirational speech from keynote speaker, Joshua Patterson, who formerly starred on the reality TV show Made in Chelsea.

Joshua has recently broken a world record for completing the journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End by wheelchair, after his best friend, Ben Tansley, was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2017, which left him paralysed from the waist down. He completed the trip in just 19 days – the equivalent of roughly two marathons each day (38 in total).

Principal David Pomfret gives his address. (12759578)
Principal David Pomfret gives his address. (12759578)

Among the winners were a number of students who live in Wisbech.

These included Dawid Slesak who was named winner of the Technology Student of the Year he studies advance motor vehicle level three at the Wisbech campus.

Phoebe Cox, who is studying land-based studies at Cambridge campus, was a runner-up in the land-based student of the year award.

Chloe Barker was winner of the prize for outstanding progress in English or maths, and is studying animal management with science level three at Cambridge.

Jake Mattless was a runner-up in this category. He is studying BTEC first award in IT level two at Wisbech.

Jack Robins won the business, humanities, science and computing student of the year. He is studying CG diploma professional cookery level three at King's Lynn.

Megan Martin won the creative arts student of the year. She is studying creative arts at Wisbech campus. Bethany Lee was a runner-up in this category. She is studying a CG diploma in nail technology level two.

Paige Simonds with principal David Pomfret and keynote speaker Joshua Patterson. (12759667)
Paige Simonds with principal David Pomfret and keynote speaker Joshua Patterson. (12759667)

Shannon Ward, who is studying foundations studies English level three at Wisbech, was a runner-up in the foundation studies stued of the year.

Jessica Slack won the sport, public and caring services student of the year award, she is studying a diploma in children's play, learning and development level three at King's Lynn campus.

Emily Frisby, who is studying the same qualification, also at King's Lynn, was a runner-up in the category.

Paige Simonds, from Attleborough, was announced as overall Student of the Year 2019, as well as winning the Personal Achievement category.

At the age of six, Paige went through a life changing experience when she became unwell and lost her sight. Paige has just finished studying for a Teaching Assistant Level 3.

Paige’s lecturer, Sue Davis, who nominated her said: “Paige has taught her class group, a level three childcare class, and staff members how to read braille, creating brilliant resources to help everyone learn, demonstrating confidence, resourcefulness and maturity beyond her years."



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