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Former students and their parents gathered at St Andrew’s Church in Gorleston for the East Norfolk Sixth Form College Awards Evening on Wednesday 16 December.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Marlene Fairhead, was Guest of Honour and presented special awards to a number of students for achieving outstanding results or for their contribution to the local community.

EN Principal, Dr Catherine Richards, said: “2015 was a very special year with some fantastic results. Our students achieved a 98.3% pass rate and there were 27 subjects with a 100% pass rate. Four students went to Cambridge, more than 40 stayed locally and enrolled at the UEA, and in total over 350 students went to 82 different universities to study over different courses as diverse as Anthropology and Applied Computing to Product Design and Zoology.”

“Our former students should be very proud of their achievements and proud of the fact that they attended such a high performing Sixth Form College. None of this would be possible without the commitment and dedicated team of staff across the College, both teaching and non-teaching staff who make sure our students are at the centre of all that they do.”

Special awards were presented to the following students:

Principals Award for Academic Excellence: John Payne & Matthew Wigmore left college with four A* grades and represent two of the four students that went on to study at Cambridge University. In addition to being academically gifted, both boys had other interests and hobbies. Matthew is a fantastic skier, and John was part of the Christian Union at College. John scored an unbelievable 900/900 in his Maths A2 and Further Maths AS exams, something no-one else has come close to at EN.

The Dr Lettis Bequest for Work in Art: This year, the bequest for Art went to Brad Lacey and Jacob Talkowski. Brad scored 100% across the board in both his Coursework and exam units. Jacob scored an incredible seven, 100% unit scores across three art subjects at AS and A2. He also gained 3 A* in Textiles, 3D Design and Fine Art. Both of these students were truly outstanding and are worthy winners.

Achievement in Art: This Art Prize is awarded to the student who produced what the teacher’s judge to be the most outstanding piece of Art work. Molly Pagan was an astute artist with impeccable skills. Her practice was highly explorative with materials and processes and she executed outcomes to the highest of standards. Molly gained 100% in both units of work throughout her A-Level Fine Art and has gone on to work in the labs at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Harrison Award for Sporting Achievement (Sportsman of the Year): Keelan Shand represented East Norfolk Sixth Form College in the Men’s Football First Team last year. Keelan also represented the college in Badminton where he had great success and qualified for the National Championships in the mixed doubles allowing him to represent the East Region in the National Championships at Bath.

Edward Worlledge Prize for Sporting Achievement (Sportswoman of the year): Devon Minnis represented East Norfolk Sixth Form College in the Women’s Volleyball Team last year. Devon also helped the team qualify for the National Championships at Bath where she had the chance to represent not only the college but the East Region. Devon also represented the college in Badminton where she had great success.

Mason Prize for Drama/Music: Nathan Warnes had been the “face” of the Music department throughout his two years on the course. Frequently to be found in the Music room, he was always very generous with his time and musical skills in helping support other students, in both Music and Music Tech, and indeed in other areas of student life.

Thomas Rowe Memorial Prize for Voluntary Work and Contribution to College Life: Daniel Overton was an amazing student, to be described in one word, ‘altruistic’. Altruistic is defined as putting the needs of others before your own and Daniel displayed this in abundance throughout his time at college. Daniel was often assisting with a student in need or helping with a fund raising event. He also engaged fully with the college’s support network and was a member of several support groups, giving up his personal time to make college at better place for others to study. 

Rose Newman was a Wellbeing Agent last year and part of her role was to support a student as a Peer Mentor. The work she carried out with that individual paved the way for them, allowing them to flourish. Without Rose’s input, that student could well have withdrawn from college.

Rhyanon Richards was an invaluable member of EN student community; she quietly and steadfastly did all that she needed to do to achieve her academic goals whilst at the same time caring about and actively supporting the community as a whole. She epitomised the Good Samaritan in that she would never walk by when she identified someone was in need. With her ‘can do’ approach she was a great ambassador for EN.

Sir William Utting Prize for Achievement in History, Law, Politics or Economics: Misha Wiseman gained a C grade at the end of her first year studies she was determined to get an A grade in her second year. In order to achieve this goal she came up with a master plan which involved completing at least five past papers every week. There was a bumper week where she handed in 13 essays to mark. Her hard work paid off and she achieved an A*, the only student in the class to do so.

Josh Clark over performed relative to the expectations set by his GCSEs from the start. He grasped points quickly and could link them to other parts of the course. His written work was always done to a high standard in terms of the content. His teachers say Josh is an exceptional student well worthy of the award and he has gone on to study Economics at the UEA.

Aldreds Award for Intellectual Exploration: Jamie Verhulst is the worthy winner of this new Chemistry award sponsored by Aldreds as Jamie is undoubtedly one of the best Chemistry students that East Norfolk has ever seen. His teachers say this is because he was one of those students who was able to apply his excellent factual knowledge to unfamiliar problems to a very high standard. One of Jamie’s best qualities was his own modesty and his willingness to support other students. Jamie is now studying Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.

Bruce Halsey Memorial Maths Prize: James Rose’s teachers say that he has to take the record as one of the most meticulous Maths students ever!  It was always a great source of amusement to the rest of the class that James never wanted to talk about exams after he had sat them, for fear of finding out he had done something wrong. Ironically, he scored an average of 96.4% across his 12 Maths exams, achieving A*s in Maths & Further Maths Physics and Chemistry.

Anita Hartley Award for Modern Foreign Languages: Katie Lambert always “went the extra mile”. As a first year student Katie participated in the joint French, Law &Politics trip to Strasbourg and got a thrill out of using her French to communicate successfully in an authentic French situation. This experience helped her come to the decision that she wanted to study French at university, and thereafter she took every opportunity to improve her skills.

Anita Gentry Prize for Achievement in English: Ella Alyward’s passion for both Language and Literature was plain to see. Her dedication to reading, detailed analysis and research in both English subjects was impressive and she always explored the subject beyond the parameters of the syllabuses. She took every opportunity to make successful a diverse range of opportunities offered by the department. She richly deserved her A*, all the more impressive when only 1% of students nationwide achieve this top grade.

John O’Leary Prize for Achievement in Sociology: Jess Cover was nominated for this prize because her teachers said that she was a real success story having changed most of her subjects after the first year. She gained an A in Sociology achieving 353 out of the 400 marks available. She was always engaged in lessons, contributed well to class discussions and helped other students when doing group work. Jess is now studying Psychology and Counselling at Roehampton University.

Laurie Poulson Award for Giving to Sport: The Laurie Poulson Award takes into account not only a student’s academic achievement and services to sport but that extra time spent in increasing participation in sport amongst the other students. Jed Knights was one of the highest achievers on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport achieving a Triple Distinction. Whilst doing this Jed also gained his Level 1 coaching qualifications in Football and Fitness, and then went on to gain his Level 2 qualification in Fitness.

The Gardline Prize for Geology: This special award is presented by Gardline to recognise exceptional results in Earth Science subjects. EN has developed close links with Gardline, an international geological company with a local heart. This year’s winner Charlie Dorey was a student who worked hard throughout the course, inspiring others to do the same; gained an A grade; and is now studying geology at the University of Plymouth.

Psychology Student of the Year: Sophie Bunn was nominated by her teacher as Psychology student of the year as she was an outstanding student who consistently worked hard to increase her grade in the subject. She regularly handed in extra work in order improve her essay writing technique and moved up from a B to an A by the end of the year. She thoroughly deserved her high grade as she worked incredibly hard to get it.

Sociology Student of the Year: Tom Miller was nominated as Sociology student of the year as he achieved almost perfect scores gaining an A* overall. Tom was an excellent student, who consistently worked hard and helped and encouraged the less able when doing paired and group work.

3Sun Award for Achievement in Physics: James Kershaw was the winner of this new award sponsored by local company 3Sun. James was one of the highest achievers in Physics and he achieved his grades through a perfect mix of hard work and focus. He achieved 100% in both his A2 Physics theory papers and when combined with his first year results, James had the grand total of 97.5% overall.

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation Award: This is the first time this award has been made as the College has just recently joined in partnership with the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. Ben Hall has set the standard in the first 4 months of the new CSF programme for all students. Since September, he has shown great desire to improve his footballing ability in the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) coaching block. His attitude during lessons is an example to his peers.

Whitehead Memorial Prize for Endeavour & Effort: Yazmin Stubbs was a three-year student who made exceptional progress, both personally and academically, during her time at the college. Although initially struggling with her self-confidence, she was determined to succeed, and worked hard despite difficult personal circumstances, to identify her strengths and build on them. English Language turned out to be her area of greatest academic strength, and although her minimum target grade was a D, she achieved A grades in three out of the four A-level units.

Mark Kaew-Injai came to East Norfolk having only been in the UK for a very short time and with limited English skills; he undertook level 2 qualifications with us and impressed his teachers immediately. His GCSE Media teacher particularly highlighted him as an exceptional student and this encouraged him to pursue Media at level 3. During the course Mark produced a documentary about a theatre group for adults with learning difficulties, and this was selected by a committee to be screened at Cinema City as part of the BBC Young Filmmakers Festival.

Murad Khan faced unbelievable setbacks during his time at college, but persevered with admirable grace and determination. He was rarely without a smile, even when his situation looked bleak. He impressed all of his teachers with his positive attitude, and we were all touched when he was granted permission to stay in the UK. Murad’s situation raised a lot of awareness among young people of what asylum really entails, and the petition in his name was signed by 96,994 people!

Daphne King Award for Volunteering in the Community: This award acknowledges the selfless way in which many of our students volunteer within the community giving up their own time to help others, many less fortunate than themselves. It takes a special kind of individual to do this. Shanice Simmonds volunteered at the Salvation Army on a Monday after College throughout her second year, working with some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities; including homeless people, older people and those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. At College, Shanice could appear quiet initially but it soon became apparent that she is a confident, effective communicator, with great determination and resilience.

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