Inspirational Young Person of the Year – Post 16
Amy Smith – Newmarket Academy
Amy struggled with the transition to Key Stage 4 – but with support from staff and her own growing maturity she was able to secure the entry grades to study at the sixth form. Now in the sixth-form, she is a mentor to a group of Year 10 boys who are displaying some of the same behaviours, and also helps with extra maths lessons and supporting geography lessons. She also writes the house newsletter and represents the school at primary school parents’ evenings. She is respected by all students at the school and is highly valued by the staff.
Maisie Price – West Suffolk College
Maisie is an excellent student in the School of Art and Design and is progressing to study Fine Art at Oxford Brooks University. Maisie has also undertaken wonderful overseas charity work and made a real difference to people’s lives. She was nominated for her organisation of a course exhibition at the St Edmunds Gallery where, with no staff input, members of the course exhibited and sold their work professionally. She showed leadership and tenacity, and students now feel energised to promote and sell their work with confidence.
Simone Butler-Mayer – Farlingaye High
Simone is a caring, hard-working and enthusiastic young woman who refuses to be labelled by her disability. She plays a full part in school life, raising money for charity, supporting younger students and playing a vital part of the School Council. Her determination to do well and dedicated studies have ensured success at GCSE and she is now working towards her A-Levels and a place at university. An inspiration and much valued part of Farlingaye, Simone is an outstanding example of a young person who won’t be beaten by circumstance.