Celebrations at Downham Market’s Athena Sixth Form College. Pictures: Ian Burt

Sixth form students said their goodbyes at a special leavers’ event after doing their best in the wake of two difficult academic years.  

Students from Downham Market Academy’s Athena Sixth Form College celebrated their last day on Friday, putting behind them the disruptions that followed the outbreak of Covid.

Susan Hudson, head of year and head of psychology, said they managed to organise a celebration in a very short space of time.

The students sourced donations from local businesses and the academy supplied food and drinks for a barbecue.

A staff member donated the barbecue for the day.

Student Alfie Randall, one of organisers of the event,  said the Year 13s had faced a tough two years working from home during lockdown, being separated from their friends and missing out on Year 12 summer time.

He said they had worked “tirelessly” to achieve the best grades and to get accepted into universities and onto apprenticeships.

He said the farewell party was  a way of saying a “massive well done” for all their hard work and he thanked businesses and everyone for their support.