WINNER: Erin Pointon, Benjamin Britten High School, LowestoftInspirational Young Person of the Year - Secondary - winner

Erin is described as an inspirational student leader. She choreographs the dances for school productions and leads lessons of more than 75 students, planning her sessions to ensure she caters for the abilities of everyone taking part. Erin led the vocal harmonies in the school choir when they performed live on Children in Need, and ensured that the students in the choir felt comfortable and were fully prepared. She is a source of inspiration for the younger students, and has improved the confidence and skills of the students that she has come into contact with.

 Shortlisted Finalists

  • Zachary Taylor, Parkside Pupil Referral Unit, Ipswich

Zach works hard to overcome considerable difficulties on a daily basis. Despite this, he successfully bought the whole school together by organising a Christmas Extravaganza, featuring music, singers and a magician. The event finale was a production of A Christmas Carol; Zach wrote the play, organised rehearsals, coached staff and students as well as taking a leading role. He is described as a truly remarkable young man who is focussed on improving the learning experience for his fellow students and all members of the Parkside community.


  • Aiden Perkins, Stradbroke High School

Aiden is a motivated, cheeky, dedicated and hard-working young man. He is achieving well at school, but it is in his extra-curricular activities where Aiden excels. He has a real passion and talent for dancing; particularly ballet, sequence and ballroom dancing. Aiden has successfully auditioned twice for the English Youth Ballet, appearing in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Aiden thinks very positively about his future and aims to get a scholarship to go to college or university. He is determined that his past will not influence his future aspiration and who he is as a person.