Celebrating Success 2021: Emily Pearce  

Early Years Student of the Year 
Emily Pearce  

Emily, from Eastwood, studied Level 3 Childcare and Education at the college’s Southend campus.

She was nominated for the award because, despite having dyslexia, she has consistently met deadlines and achieved an A*. She begins A-Levels after the summer and hopes to go to university.

She said: “I chose the college because as soon as I walked in on the open day when I was in year 11, I thought the college had an amazing feeling and I knew I wanted to go here; the tutors explained the course structure really well, I felt that I would be well supported in meeting all my goals.

“The support I have received has been amazing, my tutors always respond quickly when I need help or just someone to talk to.”

Emily feels that her biggest achievement so far is in overcoming dyslexia and dyspraxia to achieve the grades that she wanted. 

Her tutor said: “Emily is conscientious and hardworking, always wanting to be the best she can be. She always has a big smile on her face and is friendly and cheerful to everyone she meets.

“She is always kind and supports her peers both emotionally and academically when they are struggling or having an off-day.

“Emily has received outstanding feedback form placement and has a passion for early years and working with children. Group B would definitely not be the same without her!”

Emily added: “I honestly felt really surprised about winning the award! Every one of the students on my course are so lovely it could have gone to anyone.”

Emily eventually wants to work with children, either as a paediatric nurse or paediatrician.