Jacob hopes to follow a career in sports journalism and international level volleyball competitions after spending three years at East Norfolk Sixth Form College – and he already has several feathers in his cap.

The 19-year-old, who has just completed AS levels in Music Technology and Creative Writing at East Norfolk, will attend Essex University to read English Language and Language Development in September 2017. At age 16, Jacob was the youngest person ever to pass a national coach qualification and has been playing regularly for two teams in the area – the University team in Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Volleyball Club. He played for the Norwich Spikers when they were runners-up in the National Junior League.

In preparation for his move to Essex, Jacob has been in close contact with the coach of the Essex Blades and will be playing and coaching their B team as well as being assistant coach for a Tendring Ladies’ team. Jacob also intends to write match reports for the local newspapers, which will support his journalistic aspirations.

Jacob, who also has an AS History accreditation, PE and English Language under his belt, has overcome a significant hearing impairment and personal difficulties to achieve his aims at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, where he has made use of assistive technology in liaison with the college and the Norfolk Sensory Team.

Apart from sport, Jacob’s other enthusiasm is music and he plays both acoustic and electric guitar.  His highly musical family – his sister won Choir Girl of the Year award in 2000 - nurtured this in Jacob and his tutors at East Norfolk Sixth Form College has continued to encourage and inspire him. Jacob said he wished he had tried Music Tech earlier at East Norfolk and, after some initial doubts, was delighted when his tutor said the course would be suitable for him and could be accessed by Jacob using his own headphones in conjunction with the keyboard.

Jacob said that he has grown in confidence at East Norfolk Sixth and has formed some good friendships.  The exam access arrangements put in place giving him 40% extra time in exams had been a real help to him, he said.  In addition, counselling arrangements had helped when he needed them.

“East Norfolk helped me grow up a lot and mature a lot more than at high school,” he said.