Childcare student Megan Osborne, 16, hopes to become a midwife in the future.

Secondary school pupils have been praised for gaining qualifications during “challenging times”.

As part of a learning scheme with the College of West Anglia (CWA), 21 students from King’s Lynn Academy (KLA) in Gaywood have been studying at the Lynn campus for one afternoon a week.

And now, at the end of their two-year courses during the outbreak of coronavirus, they have been presented with their well-earned certificates. 

Many of the students are set to return to CWA for full-time courses in the autumn.

Hair and beauty student Demi Eagle, 15, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the course. I’m going on to study a hairdressing apprenticeship at CWA in September.” 

And childcare student Megan Osborne, 16, said: “I am currently working at Little Bunnies Nursery and I plan on becoming a midwife in the future.”

The partnership between the college and KLA currently has 71 pupils studying on courses in areas including health and social care, motor vehicle, health and beauty, engineering and childcare. 

Ruth Harrison, college vice principal of curriculum and learning, presented the certificates to the students.

She said: “These certificates acknowledge KLA learners’ resilience and commitment to successfully completing their studies at CWA during these challenging times. 

“They have worked extremely hard to catch up on work while coping with the restrictions of a pandemic. 

“We are extremely proud of their success and look forward to welcoming many of them as full-time students in September.”

Barry Delve, KLA head of key stage four, said: “The hard work and commitment of staff and students coupled with the quality of the partnership that exists between KLA and CWA enables the students to reach their full potential and gain success whichever course they are studying. 

“We are all very proud of their achievements during very difficult and challenging circumstances.”