Awards Evening

We welcomed nearly 600 students and guests to our Awards Evening on 14 November. Certificates and awards were presented by local children’s author, Mary Hoffman, who spoke of her own school experience and career tip for students, to find something they enjoyed, were good at and to stick with it!  Awards Evening Programme

The Service to the School award for last year’s Year 13 was awarded to James Blencowe. His contribution to extra-curricular activities ranged from sporting activities such as karate, basketball and swimming to his musical talents, playing the piano and drums and he made a significant impact on life in the Sixth Form. In a broader perspective he coached others in sport and is a role model to which others should aspire. Congratulations to James.

The Emily Buley prize encapsulates the belief that a rich educational experience and good education extends far beyond the classroom.  It is given annually, in memory of Emily, whose life as a former student and Science teacher was tragically cut short, in a car accident. This year, it was awarded to Callum Kelly for making the most of every opportunity, in Sixth Form and life out of school. This includes his Community Attachment, mentoring and the Sixth Form Events Committee. Our congratulations to Callum.

Our last award, the Caitlin Cooper Prize for Excellence in Writing, has been made possible by the generosity of our former student, Caitlin, who read English at Cambridge University. Judges commented that the winning entry ‘is a well-structured work of fiction with a clear narrative voice ….. Language is consciously crafted for effect and it is moving without being sentimental’. The inaugural prize was awarded to Amy Beecham.