Isle College students celebrate achievement

Anita Pearson and Sophie Dowd won the Leslie Almond Award at the College of West Anglia awards.
Anita Pearson and Sophie Dowd won the Leslie Almond Award at the College of West Anglia awards.

The College of West Anglia Isle campus held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday to recognise the achievements of its students.

The ceremony celebrates the success of students and their commitment and dedication they have shown to their studies. Student nominations came from lecturers across all faculties of the college, and they were presented with a trophy by Principal David Pomfret to mark their achievements.

“We believe it is vital to celebrate the achievements of students who have shown wholehearted commitment to their studies, not simply through academic achievement, but through their special efforts and in some cases by overcoming considerable obstacles to achieve success,” said Mr Pomfret.

“Awards are not given simply for academic achievement, although many of this year’s winners have achieved excellent results. The awards are about honouring those students who have put in the ‘something extra’ that is the key to success.”

Among the awards are two special awards winners, selected from nominations across all programmes in recognition of their commitment and personal achievements during their time at the college:

Anita Pearson and Sophie Dowd, who are both studying Childcare at Wisbech, received the Leslie Almond Award for Commitment.

Anita is currently studying on a childhood studies course and for the last three years she has been young leader for the Girls Brigade at Upwell Methodist Church.

She said: “I like being a young leader so very much that once I go into employment I am going to continue this role as I believe it helps the young girls in the community well.”

Sophie is also a childhood studies student who volunteers at Parson Drove Youth club as a senior member. She wants to continue with her studies and training so she will be able to do more activities with the younger people and enable them to get more out the youth club.