Following the success of the Key Stage 3 Awards & Display Evening in July, this event celebrated the hard work and dedication of our students in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and the Sixth Form. Students were presented with a variety of academic, pastoral and sporting prizes, as well as a number of cups, shields and trophies.
The evening began with introductory music from Gheorghe Rotaru, who performed a number of pieces on the piano. Mr Ferguson then said a few words, expressing his delight at the outstanding examination results at GCSE and A-Level this summer. Special mention was given to the achievements of the science department, who at GCSE achieved 96% of grades at A*-C. This is particularly impressive, considering that the national result was 59%.
Ms Simms commenced the awards-giving with the subject awards, as eighty-five students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 received prizes. Many of the award winners won multiple honours, including Maxwell Omondi (four) and Thomas Knox (five). All seven of the Year 13 BTEC Performing Arts group were given a subject award. This is in recognition of their outstanding results in their final examination, with each student achieving either a Double Distinction or Double Distinction *.
There were several musical interludes throughout the course of the evening. Louis Rugg and Louis Kelly gave a beautiful rendition of the Jake Bugg song ‘Simple as This’. The brass band, led by peripatetic teacher Mr Goodall, performed two songs, ‘Hava Nagila’ and ‘Swinging with the Mountain King’, to rapturous acclaim from the audience.
The evening concluded with a number of trophies. These included Magdi Khalil, who was the recipient of two sporting cups – the Prem George Badminton Cup and the Barry Goldsby Cup – which demonstrates his commitment to sporting excellence. Daniel Norris was presented with the Head Boy award, and Mr Ferguson explained how grateful he was that Daniel had gone above and beyond the call of duty, assisting Mr Doyle with the day-to-day running of the Sixth Form last year.
The final award of the evening was the prestigious Headmaster’s Cup, presented by Mr Ferguson to the senior student who has demonstrated a prolonged contribution to the life of the school. This year’s recipient was Max Mills, whose musical talent has featured in many school events during his seven years at the school. Max now begins the next stage of his musical career, studying at the Royal College of Music.
Congratulations to each and every one of the award winners. Events like these continue to demonstrate the breadth of talent, dedication and hard work present amongst our students, as they strive to be the best that they can be.