Congratulations to this year's winner of the Emily Buley Prize: Jonathan Rowles. Pictured here with Mr Shadbolt (Headteacher) his parents, Dr Simon Smith (Guest Speaker) and Mr John Green (Chair of Governors).
Jonathan is a student who brightens a room when he walks in. He is constantly smiling and cheerful, interested in people and always positive in his approach to whatever activity he is doing. Academically, he always strived to achieve his best, working hard and using whatever resources were available. Week in and week out he would be seen in the science department working on improving and applying his maths skills. In tutor time and in lessons, He could be relied on to make thoughtful contributions to discussions as well as really listening to others, responding as required.
However, the reason why he is the ideal person to be awarded the Emily Buley prize is for the work he did around school, with and for other students. His energy is infectious and he could hold groups of students together, working towards a particular goal. He would never hog the limelight, but include everyone in the activity. As a hugely respected member of the cadets, he embodied what Wood Green Sixth Form is about – becoming a true role model for the rest of the school, representing the school with consummate professionalism and dignity. As Head Boy, he gave motivational speeches at a number of formal occasions, as well as in a variety of assemblies, and did so with real aplomb. Jonathan is now embarking on the next exciting stage of his life as her learns to fly commercial planes. We wish him all the best for the future.