James Triggs named Student of Year

Norwich autistic teenager James Triggs named Student of Year

James Triggs was left devastated when he was thrown off a college course has been named Student of the Year by his new teachers.

James said winning the award at St Edmunds Society in Norwich showed "another door had opened" for him.

The 18-year-old was asked to leave City College Norwich in September 2017, having been "enrolled in error".

His mother Emma said: "It looks like a blessing in disguise. Nobody wants that to happen but he made the best of it."

James Triggs has studied subjects ranging from woodwork to maths 

She said the support at St Edmunds, which teaches employability skills to young people outside mainstream education, had seen James's confidence soar and improved his social skills.

"The change in him is just unreal," said Mrs Triggs, 42, of Beverley Road.

"He wouldn't talk to anyone, he had no friends and no confidence.

"By the time he went to St Edmunds he had had so many ups and downs, and the letter we were handed [from City College Norwich] was like the final nail in the coffin. St Ed's have given him confidence, and they have said they believe in him."

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