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School was not out for summer for these hard working students

East Coast College students receive their certicates
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East Coast College students receive their certicates Picture: East Coast College

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Students from East Coast College’s annual Summer School have celebrate their achievements, shown off their work and received their hard earned certificates.

East Coast College students receive their certicates
Picture: East Coast CollegeEast Coast College students receive their certicates Picture: East Coast College

The students studied various topics including wellbeing, social action, art, cookery, sport, IT and communication and social skills.

The students were awarded with Norfolk Youth Award certificates for making a difference in the community, personal development and working with others.

East Coast College students receive their certicates
Picture: East Coast CollegeEast Coast College students receive their certicates Picture: East Coast College

As part of their social action topic the students created four specially designed sensory walls for the Wellbeing Day Centre in Lowestoft.

The students also prepared new picture and video maps for their peers who will be joining the college in September to make their transition to college even easier.

East Coast College students receive their certicates
Picture: East Coast CollegeEast Coast College students receive their certicates Picture: East Coast College

The presentation was conducted by the deputy principal, Stella Raphael Reeves, at the college’s Great Yarmouth campus. Students, parents, tutors and helpers all attended to celebrate their efforts

The aim of the summer school is to give additional transition support to students who may struggle to start mainstream education in September.

East Coast College students receive their certicates
Picture: East Coast CollegeEast Coast College students receive their certicates Picture: East Coast College

Of the students who attended last year’s summer school, there was a 97pc retention rate. The course helps these students to settle in and get to know people and places around the college before they start their full time courses in September. Existing students and Student Ambassadors assisted the new students at the summer school and were on hand to offer support and advice.

One of the students’ parents said: “It’s marvellous what the college has done for my daughter during the Summer School, I am very grateful. Your team are so supportive of the students and each other.”

The students reported “feeling more positive about the future” as well as “more confident” as a result of the summer school. One student added: “It was a fun and an experience I will never forget. I have met new people and made some great friends.”

The students have built some great friendships and skills to carry on when they return in September.

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