Mellissa Flint Northbrook students have scooped a number of wins and runner-up prizes at this year’s FE Sussex Spring Awards at the Brighton Metropole.


Theatre student Mellissa Flint won the Outstanding Progression to Higher Education award. When she was 15, her stepdad died after a short illness and then three months later, her mum died unexpectedly. She had to move back to the UK from Cyprus, leaving all her friends behind. Despite the disruption and personal issues that she faced, Mellissa enrolled on a Level 1 course and worked her way up to finally be accepted by the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to study Theatre Management.


Theatre Course Leader, Terri Geal said, “I cannot describe Missy as anything other than a marvel. With encouragement, she gradually found her feet and flourished.  I was incredibly proud when I saw the universities that she had applied to.  She aimed for the best – and got it! Missy has never really realised what she has achieved and how incredible she has been.”

Northbrook Motorsport student, Jordan Downing, won the Widening Participation in Higher Education award. The accolade was presented in recognition of his consistent hard work, application and determination to succeed. He started off the course with some difficulties with his learning and struggled with mathematics, but put in countless extra hours to build up his knowledge and to learn how to optimise the new skills that he learnt on the course.


Jordan Downing

Motorsport Course Leader, Nick Goodson, said, “Jordan gets consistently high grades across his subjects and has gone through a very difficult learning curve. He goes above and beyond with his coursework, spending time at different campuses to make full use of the facilities across the college.”


The NCFE Sussex Learner of the Year award was won by Shefali Vaidya for her hard work and dedication to learning. Shefali has continued to strive towards her goals, paying great attention to detail and always going the extra mile to extend her knowledge and skills by making full use of resources and opportunities available. English is not Shefali’s first language, and she has been meticulous in ensuring her grammar and spelling was correct.


Shefali Vaidya

Tutor Jo Kingston said, “Shefali has been an outstanding learner. She is now working in health and social care as an administrator and I am certain that she will prove to be an asset to the company.”


Oliver Suter was runner up in the Hilton Hospitality award and Dawn Smith was also runner-up in NCFE Sussex Learner of the Year award.