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Praise for students at Norwich training centre's annual awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 13:15 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:15 21 July 2017

Award winning students at St Eds, Oak Street, and the Lord Mayor, David Fullman. From left, front, the outstanding student award winners, Kayleigh Mirza, catering and hospitality student; and Ashley Ellis, therapeutic art student; Joshua Hussey, the CEO's student of the year; and Connor McHugh, transport maintenance student. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Award winning students at St Eds, Oak Street, and the Lord Mayor, David Fullman. From left, front, the outstanding student award winners, Kayleigh Mirza, catering and hospitality student; and Ashley Ellis, therapeutic art student; Joshua Hussey, the CEO's student of the year; and Connor McHugh, transport maintenance student. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The achievements of students at a thriving training centre in Norwich were celebrated at its annual awards ceremony.

The outstanding student award winners at St Eds, Oak Street, from left, Connor McHugh, transport maintenance student; Joshua Hussey, the CEO's student of the year; Kayleigh Mirza, catering and hospitality student; and Ashley Ellis, therapeutic art student. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe outstanding student award winners at St Eds, Oak Street, from left, Connor McHugh, transport maintenance student; Joshua Hussey, the CEO's student of the year; Kayleigh Mirza, catering and hospitality student; and Ashley Ellis, therapeutic art student. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The St Eds Society, which is based on Oak Street, rewarded its students, many who have struggled in mainstream education, with certificates and awards at the event earlier this week.

While it has about 120 students on its books, schedules of its various courses meant about 30 were able to attend the ceremony, along with Lord Mayor of Norwich David Fullman, St Eds’ patron, and High Sheriff James Bagge.

Lorraine Bliss, chief executive of the charity, said: “It was fantastic, it all went so well. Some of our kids have never been given a certificate or told that they are doing well.

“There were some students showing off certificates they were so proud, which is a lovely thing to see.

“A lot of parents turned up as well, so all in all it went really well.”

The ceremony was designed to celebrate the students’ achievements over the last 12 months, in courses which range from beauty to vehicle maintenance.

Alongside the main certificates, a handful of awards were presented for outstanding work in specific fields, while Mrs Bliss chose one student to win her chief executive award.

During the ceremony, the charity was also officially presented with the Mowlem Award 2017, which is given out by non profit organisation B&CE.

The award is granted to an organisation which makes a different to the promotion of health and safety in the construction industry, and comes with a £20,000 prize.

Mrs Bliss said: “It’s a huge amount of money and makes a significant different to us. As a charity we really rely on support like this, and it means a huge amount to us.”

St Eds, a registered charity, offers courses and training for young people aged between 14 and 24. Some may have struggled in mainstream education, been expelled or are just Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).

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