James attended Highams Park School prior to BSix and enrolled as a late starter around the middle of September due to his course being oversubscribed when he first attended open enrolment. Despite starting late with a couple of weeks' worth of work to catch up on, James instantly approached his course with a strong work ethic and a determination not to remain or fall behind. He quickly made a positive impact on his class and his teachers and was suitably rewarded by being nominated for one of the prestigious University Progress Awards at the end of the autumn term.
One of his teachers, Jack Hughes, commented on James and the reasons why he is so deserving of this recognition:
'James is an enthusiastic and passionate student with a very friendly and approachable nature. He is the epitome of a model student. He is involved with St John ambulance and feels strongly about the development of first aid in schools; which is a testament to his caring nature. He was even commended for his brave reactions to a medical emergency during the rugby world cup, an action many would shy from. James goes above and beyond to enrich his education. He consistently attends university open days and completes online training courses to broaden his knowledge of both education and political topics. These have all contributed to and enabled him to become the well-rounded and respected student he is now. He is not only a strong ambassador for his course but for the college as well and should be very proud of himself.'