College Champion 2021 Winners

26 May

College Champion 2021 Winners

The College Champions competition was created in order to recognise the acheievements of Bexhill College students after what has been a tough year for many.

We would like to thank everyone who entered a student into the competition. In no particular order, we have our top three winners:


Oliver Cruse (pictured above), a second year Public Services student has been described by staff as a total inspiration.

Oli has been hardworking and dedicated since starting at the College, despite suffering from cancer and dealing with the effects of Chemotherapy. This time was not easy for Oli, the effects of the chemotherapy meant that he lost all of his hair and he was affected physically with impaired balance amongst other things.

Despite this, Oli was worked hard in all of his studies, assessments, class work and contributions in class are excellent. He will achieve a top grade in Public Services. He is now back taking part in everything the class does on Public Services – fitness tests, basketball, command tasks and more with much improved motor skills.

Well done Oli, we wish you the best with the next chapter of your life!


Our next College Champion is Ben Norris, Ben has been with the college for four years during which he has already achieved two A* in A Level History and A Level English Literature. This year he is set to continue his outstanding achievement as he completes A Level Language and the EPQ. He has a place at Kings College London to study English.

Ben has had a staggered programme of study over the last four years due to chronic health issues which are a daily struggle. Everyday he battles with his health and yet every day he comes in to college first thing and spends the day working hard to achieve his best. He has never given up despite suffering with pain and distress constantly.  The national lockdowns and pandemic fears have added an extra challenge to the demands on Ben’s health, however he has pulled through it, displaying resilience and fortitude.

Ben has fully embraced the college enrichment programme taking a lead role in the production of the college magazine, Bexclusive, for the last three years as well, as being a key contributor to the daily One Good Thing and the college Book Club. Ben is frequently to be heard playing the refectory piano in the early mornings or late afternoons.

Outside college Ben is a volunteer for Bexhill Museum and supports elderly residents in a local care home. He is often found playing the piano in his local church, much to the delight of local residences.

Ben is an example to all his peers of what perseverance, determination and tenacious endurance can achieve, you willl be missed at the College Ben, well done for everything you have achieved!


Another College Champion worth mentioning is Nathan Harris. 

Having gone into lockdown at Christmas and finding his life entirely online what with College lessons, music lessons, band sessions and St. Johns Ambulance sessions.

Nathan decided to sign up to become a volunteer at the East Sussex Health NHS Trust and worked as a COVID-19 Vaccination Hub volunteer at the Eastbourne District General Hospital, between January and April 2021.

This has given him an opportunity to get out of the house and to meet people. Nathan's dream is going to University to study Paramedic Science, the volunteering has given him an opportunity to speak with Student Paramedics that were also helping out at the Clinics.

Nathan has recieved a certificate of the acheievement from the NHS for playing a major part in the COVID-19 vaccination hub at Eastbourne DGH. Well done Nathan from all of us at College!


Each students have recieved an engraved College Champion trophy and an Amazon voucher.

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