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Jack Petchey honours for students making a difference to our community

Six students have received Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for their outstanding contribution to the community or for overcoming personal adversity and showing great dedication to their studies.

Isabella Pavitt, Jesutomisin Adeagbo, Freya Barnes-Wassell, Caragh Scurr, Charlee Wood and Samantha Rogers were presented with their awards at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Colonel Mark Bryant, in a special ceremony on Wednesday evening.

The Award winners received a framed certificate, a boxed medallion and £250 to be spent on a project of their choice which will benefit a group of young people.

Emma Higgins, Leader of Student Behaviour and Experience at the Sixth Form, said: “These students are a credit to our college. It was a really tough decision to choose the winners from so many worthy nominations, but these six thoroughly deserve recognition.”

Isabella Pavitt - nominated by Eleanor Morgan

Isabella is incredibly passionate about eco-awareness and fashion and is actively promoting this by spreading awareness through running clubs and events as well as a personal blog. She is dedicated to her studies and I believe she'll go on to do incredible things in the fashion and sustainable fashion industry. She is a great role model and advocate for the future and this generation. Isabella spent her £250 award on art materials.

Jesutomisin Adeagbo - nominated by Stephanie Sekula

Jesuto is a hardworking student who has made extensive contributions to the College Magazine enrichment group. Her poetry is insightful and beyond her years, and she taught herself photography in order to create images to accompany her written work, which often revolves around diversity. Her £250 award money was spent on a trip for students studying French A Level.

Freya Barnes-Wassell - nominated by Katie O’Brien (not pictured)

Freya has gone through so much this year, including the death of her friend and issues surrounding her mental health, but has managed to come out the other side even maintaining brilliant grades. She has been an all-round amazing person, providing care and support for those around her. Freya spent her £250 award money on a memorial bench for Jodie Chesney.

Caragh Scurr - nominated by Lorraine Barnett

Caragh contributed to a college staff presentation on autism.  This was an incredible achievement for a young person - to stand up and talk about your own experiences of autism is a daunting experience, but Caragh presented herself very well and by sharing her personal knowledge, college staff are now better equipped to support other students. Caragh also works in the local community to encourage a more autism-friendly environment. Her £250 award money was spent on fieldwork notebooks for Geography students.

Charlee Wood – nominated by Keeley Knowles

Charlee was nominated for being a true asset to the college. She is an extremely hard working student who achieved top grades in her A Levels, despite having to cope with dyslexia. She volunteered at every Open Day as an Ambassador, as well as helping out at other college events. She attended every extra-curricular activity she could and was always enthusiastic and willing to help others. Charlee’s award money was spent on a college library project.

Samantha Rogers - nominated by Waseeuddin Rafid

Samantha was nominated for overcoming adversity and for helping others to feel more confident in their sexuality. Because of Samantha, many students felt less isolated and a valid part of the college and wider society, which has helped greatly with their mental well-being.


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