Norfolk Scholars with Jermain Jackman and David Pomfret. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

The success of students at the College of West Norfolk (CWA) has been recognised in a special awards ceremony.

Guests gathered to celebrate students who earned Norfolk Scholar status and those receiving iCWA Excel awards for the 2016/17 academic year.

Norfolk Scholar status is an honorary award created by Norfolk County Council, which recognises outstanding performance by those studying A-levels or a level 3 vocational course.

Excel is part of the college’s iCWA study programme and the award celebrates high achievement among GCSE and level 2 learners.

The programme helps students to be employment-ready and equips them with appropriate skills for the workplace.

A number of local and national employers including Adrian Flux, Anglian Water and agricultural firm Ben Burgess support the programme.

The celebration was held in the college’s social hub at the King’s Lynn campus and motivational speaker Jermain Jackman was a special guest.

A former winner of The Voice UK, the singer is also an ambassador for the National Citizen Service, a skills development programme available to CWA students.

Director of attainment and student experience Andrew Gedge said: “We held the evening to recognise the fantastic academic efforts of our 2016/17 students.

“Their achievements are a positive reflection on teaching within college and show CWA has not only students who excel practically within apprenticeships, but also has students who achieve some of the highest grades possible within GCSE, A-level and vocational programmes.”