North Walsham students celebrate end of an era with sixth form college graduation

Bill Watkin, chief executive of Paston Sixth Form College association, and Kevin Grieve, college pri

Bill Watkin, chief executive of Paston Sixth Form College association, and Kevin Grieve, college principal. Picture: John Nice - Credit: Archant

A bright bunch of North Walsham students have celebrated their time at a historic Norfolk college with a special graduation.

Stephen Jessop. Picture: John Nice

Stephen Jessop. Picture: John Nice - Credit: Archant

Students at Paston Sixth Form College (PSFC) marked the end of their college education with an awards ceremony last week held in front of more than 200 people.

The event, which took place at St Nicholas Parish Church in the town, saw 85 students receive a Norfolk County Scholars Certificate - an accolade which marks those who secured a minimum of either one A or two Bs in their A-levels or a distinction in their BTEC courses.

Twenty-one learners gained outstanding achievement awards while another seven special awards were handed out.

This year, seven - a record number - pupils gained Oxbridge places, including 18-year-old Florrie Crass, who is from Felmingham and now off to study at Christchurch College in Oxford.

Florrie Crass. Picture: John Nice

Florrie Crass. Picture: John Nice - Credit: Archant

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She said: 'It's been a busy and challenging two years and I've met some of my best friends here. Now I'm off to study English and French at Oxford.

'I'm excited and scared – it's a bit daunting – but I love the city and I can't wait for it to begin.'

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Principal Kevin Grieve said: 'This has been a record breaking year for the college with our best ever exam results. The evening was all about celebrating the success of students and staff and this awards event is always one of the highlights of my year.

'I'm extremely proud of everyone's achievements and I would like to thank everyone who came along and supported this great occasion.'

For 19-year-old Stephen Jessop, it was a night of celebration after he won Paston sportsperson of the year, an award he put down to his time spent learning with Norfolk-born Wimbledon wheelchair doubles winner Alfie Hewett.

'I've been in New York with him recently and I enjoy working with him,' he said. 'Hopefully we will go on and continue winning things together. I'm off to Oxford Brookes to study business and finance next, but I enjoyed Paston - they always supported me and my sporting ambitions.'

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