City College Norwich awards outstanding pupils

More than 80 students were rewarded for their outstanding achievements and contribution to college life at an annual ceremony in Norwich.

Norwich City College's Further Education Awards recognise pupils on a variety of vocational and academic courses who shone during the last academic year.

Wednesday's ceremony at the city's St Peter Mancroft Church saw 83 students presented with accolades including outstanding progression, special achievement, outstanding achievement and outstanding community spirit.

There were also two special governors' awards for outstanding contribution to college life and outstanding student achievement.

Following the ceremony, where the awards were sponsored and presented by a number of local businesses, Dick Palmer, City College Norwich principal, said: 'These awards provide a fantastic occasion for us to recognise and celebrate the successes of our students. The skills these students have developed during their time with City College Norwich will prepare them for the world of work and will be invaluable to local businesses in the future.'

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The governors' Robert Walton Award for outstanding contribution to college life went to 21-year-old Carly Cooper, of Hevingham, near Aylsham. The student, who is about to begin a degree in youth and career guidance at Nottingham Trent University, was recognised for her work as an enrichment mentor as well as her dedication to her course.

Governors chose to present their award for outstanding student achievement to A-level student James Hipperson, from Caston, between Watton and Attleborough. The 22-year-old achieved three A* grades and one A grade in chemistry, biology, physics and maths.

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Mr Palmer said: 'He was spotted working with a biology text book in the Information Store on the day he enrolled on the course and has not stopped since.'

The students' union award for enhancing the student experience went to A-level student Arron Gatley, 20, from Watton.

It was the seventh time the college's FE Awards had taken place. Guests were treated to performances from The Poringland Singers and pianist Daniel Timms before heading to The Forum for a buffet reception provided by students from the college's hotel, hair and beauty school.

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