Award set up in memory of student Jacob

Steve Woudstra, Aiden Graham and Anthony Baker
Steve Woudstra, Aiden Graham and Anthony Baker

A NEW award has been set up in memory of a popular teenager who was stabbed to death.

William Parker Sports College presented the first Jacob Woudstra Outstanding Achievement Award to student Aiden Graham at last week’s Key Stage 4 Celebration Evening.

Jacob, a former William Parker student, and who was studying his A-levels at Parkwood Sixth Form, died of a single stab wound to the chest on April 5.

Adam Skilton, 42, of Wilton Road, Bexhill, was found guilty of his murder and perverting the course of justice, at the end of a two-week trial in October.

He will serve at least 26 years in prison for murdering the student.

Skilton knifed Jacob at The Shah pub yards from his home in Mount Pleasant Road following a long running dispute over drugs with his older brother Levi.

Steve Woudstra, Jacob’s father, presented the Jacob Woudstra Outstanding Achievement Award to Aiden for his determination in overcoming all odds to achieve five A*-C grades, including Maths and English, at GCSE.

Students and staff took the opportunity to pay tribute to Jacob’s memory, who had himself persevered through his special needs to succeed academically, as he suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

His dad then spoke movingly of the need for young people to find the motivation from within to realise their goals and aspirations.

John Court, headteacher of William Parker Sports College, offered his congratulations to all students at the awards evening.

Anthony Baker, the college’s learning leader, said: “The evening was a fantastic accumulation of five years hard work which greatly paid off and the students at the awards evening were a fitting tribute to their success achieved and fully deserved.”