Staff, students and parents at the Elizabethan Academy gathered to celebrate the success of students in Years 7 - 10.
This year, the decision was taken to split the traditional lengthy evening, with a ceremony planned for older students later in the year. This allowed more time to be dedicated to successes of the younger students.
Vice Principal, Jason White, gave the opening address, speaking on behalf of Mrs Horrocks who was recovering from minor surgery and unable to talk. He explained that the successes of Team GB and Paralympics GB could be attributed to four main areas: increased funding, improved training, teamwork and self-belief. "These four principles could also be applied to us at the Elizabethan, although perhaps without the extra funding!"
Students from across the school were then presented with their awards, with Middle and Senior leaders explaining why each student had been nominated. Mr White told them to be proud of their achievements: "I don't remember Mo Farah looking embarrassed as he stood on the top of the podium to receive his medal."
One special award was presented on the night: the Lynn Kenworthy award for Most Promising Student. This year, the award went to Year 11 student Henry Wilson, who has been attending Maths lessons at the Elizabethan since primary school. Henry already has five GCSEs to his name, all at A* or A, and he surpassed himself in the exams at the end of Year 10 by achieving an "A* with distinction" in his GCSE Further Maths.
The evening was also an opportunity to present the new Head Boy and Head Girl, Hadi Hammoud and Tabitha Wilson, to parents and students.
In his closing remarks, Chair of Governors, Dr Derek Cheetham, praised students for their achievements, thanked parents for the support they provide at home and paid tribute to staff at the Elizabethan for their commitment, hard work and dedication in school.
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