Personal and academic achievement were celebrated at the annual College of West Anglia Student Awards.

The glittering event was held at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange last Wednesday and hosted by Paul O’Shea, the college’s head of marketing and student services.

Students were recognised for their hard work and commitment in a range of subjects and special awards were presented for personal achievements and work in the community.

College principal David Pomfret opened proceedings with a view of the last academic year, mentioning individual triumphs, campus success stories and overall academic achievement.

He told the audience: “Our award winners tonight have been selected from our body of thousands of students. They should be very proud of their achievements. I am extremely proud and congratulate you (the students) on your commitment and standard of work – you’re all an inspiration to others, well done.”

Art and design student Annabel Homewood took home  the award for creative arts, sponsored by Your Local Paper, and went on to be named the overall student of the year.

The 19-year-old studies at the Wisbech campus and specialises in photography. She impressed senior staff with her determination and dedication.

Annabel said: “To win overall student of the year is literally mind-blowing.

“I think I might wake up in the middle of the night and think ‘what just happened?’ – I never expected this at all. It’s an honour to get the recognition.”

Annabel is starting at De Montford University in September, studying photography and video.

She added: “It’s going to be an amazing adventure; it’s something I have worked towards for years. I’m itching to go.”

Head of faculty for art and design at Wisbech, Penny Sully, said: “Annabel is very positive towards her subject, as well as her student cohort, and gets involved in practical studio work quickly.

“With dyslexia and home schooling having played a big part in her initial poor confidence, Annabel has clearly shed this persona and is now ready for new challenges and further study in a subject she is passionate about.”

Award winners

  •  Sport, public and caring services sponsored by Double G Clothing:

Willow Norris 

  • Technology sponsored by Pick Everard:

Ruston Pyle

  • Apprenticeships sponsored by Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd:

Joshua Peel 

  • Foundation studies sponsored by Booker Wholesale:

David Litton 

  • Creative Arts sponsored by Your Local Paper:

Annabel Homewood

  • Land-based studies sponsored by Village Vet:

Jade Asbury

  • Business, humanities, science and computing sponsored by Kenneth Bush:

Anthony Palfrey 

  • Outstanding Performance in Maths or English sponsored by The Vancouver Quarter:

Sophie Hewlett 

  • Serving the Community sponsored by Leslie Almond:

Ross Bennington 

  • Personal Achievement sponsored by Lloyds Bank:

Summer Roberts 

  • CWA Student of the year 2017:

Annabel Homewood