Year 13 Leavers pose for a photo on the tiered seating.

As Year 13’s public examinations began, it was time for us, and them, to say goodbye. It is one of our favourite traditions in school – the Year 13 Leavers Assembly. Led by Sixth Form Leader Mr Doyle, the poignant hour-long assembly was a celebration of this fantastic group of students. Many of them began their school journey in September 2015!

This assembly, then, was the culmination of a seven-year journey, and that was plain to see through the speech given by Head Boy Ben Rawsthorne. Ben reflected on what being an Isleworthian has meant to him during his school career. It beautifully showcased the connection between students and school. Other highlights included Ben Lumm’s sports report, and each form group thanking their tutors for going above and beyond. Timmy Gecer’s mini-awards ceremony was riotous, with students loving the “alternative” awards such as ‘Most Likely to be a Prime Minister’. We were also pleased that once national poetry champion Albert Campling gave one final performance.

The assembly was topped and tailed by two senior members of staff. It began with Headteacher Mr Ferguson, who has watched these students mature into ambitious and confident young people. He reminded the group of his initial message on their first day – “be the best that you can be” – and asked the group to reflect on how they have made their mark. The assembly ended with Mr Doyle thanking everyone for their contribution to the Sixth Form and the wider school.

We wish this group all the best with whatever comes next. That may be further education at university or college, an apprenticeship, or another work-based route. We know that this group is destined for success – as long as they keep being the best that they can be.


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