WINNER: Gemma Woodhouse, Thurston Community CollegeInspirational Young Person of the Year - Post 16 - winner

Gemma is always willing to give her time, energy and expertise, and works to the best of her abilities at all times. She was the student with most positive behaviour points to her name last year, and takes a leading role as an ambassador both within the College and at numerous outreach activities. She mentors other students who have significant obstacles to overcome, and as the head of the College Council Charities Committee, she has led the group to raise more than £10,000 for charity.

Shortlisted Finalists

  • Paddy Hynes, Farlingaye High School

Paddy is a talented musician, playing and singing with enthusiasm and energy. He has been instrumental in encouraging other students to get involved in music; supporting them behind the scenes, practising with them, playing behind them in concerts and assemblies and ensuring that the young musicians are nurtured and grow as performers. Paddy put together the school’s ‘Super Rock’ concert and his energy during auditions, setting up and working with the lighting, sound and stage crew was amazing. At the concert 25 bands performed over two hours, and £1,300 was raised for Great Ormond Street.


  • Brett Tidmarsh, One, Ipswich

Brett is a young man who has overcome significant obstacles in the past couple of years with dignity and respect. He works as an advocate for young people who have had to face challenges online though their own behaviour, as well as the behaviour of others. When he completed his Level 2 e-Safety Online Visa, he did this to a very high standard in a short time. Brett is an inspirational young man, whose voice has been fundamental in shaping the online safety services for children and young people across Suffolk. Not only has Brett influenced services for young people but for parents and professionals too.