Four star studies for hotel student

Learning by doing  ... Emma Sutton from Burwell at the Edge Hotel School.
Learning by doing ... Emma Sutton from Burwell at the Edge Hotel School.

A student from Burwell has been awarded a £3,000 scholarship to help pay for her studies at the country’s first hotel school based in a fully operational hotel.

Emma Sutton, who wants to become a hotel manager, started her course at the Edge Hotel School in September after receiving her scholarship from the Savoy Educational Trust.

The 18-year-old enrolled at the hotel, which is on the University of Essex’s Colchester campus, after completing her A-levels and gaining experience by working in a local hotel.

She also worked as a children’s gymnastics coach while studying.

Emma is now studying for a degree in hotel management, combining academic study with practical experience of working in the newly-refurbished Wivenhoe House Hotel in Colchester.

“I know that I learn best with a hands-on approach to my studies making the Edge Hotel School, which focuses on learning-by-doing, the perfect next step to achieve my ambition of managing a quality hotel,” she said.

The Savoy Educational Trust scholarships are designed to support talented students and help encourage the outstanding hospitality managers of the future. They were awarded by a panel based on a combination of criteria from the application form and supporting statement.

Alan Jenkins, principal of the Edge Hotel School, said: “With their impressive reputation built over 50 years of developing education, training and qualifications in the hospitality sector, the support of Savoy Educational Trust is a significant endorsement of our mission based on a model of ‘learning-by-doing’. We are honoured to be working with them.”

To find out more about Edge Hotel School scholarships, visit or contact the Edge Hotel School directly at or call 01206 872858.