Presentation Evening. Thursday 26th November 2015
The annual Presentation Evening was held in the school hall on Thursday 26th November 2015.
Mr G. Barnes (Assistant Principal) was the Master of Ceremonies. Mr M. Gurney (Chair of Governors) welcomed the students, parents, friends and school staff. The Guest of Honour was Mr Daniel Caines.
Mr G. Barnes introduces the evening with Daniel Caines, Mr M. Gurney and Mr S. Turney
Over 90 students attended to receive GCSE certificates and to celebrate their achievement. Prizes were also given for success in subject areas and for students with the overall best performances in GCSE.
Daniel with the students
The audience was so large (over 200 parents and friends), that the venue had to be changed from the school theatre to the examinations hall.
Daniel Caines, an ex British Olympic Athlete, who now works as a Sky Academy Ambassador for schools, presented the certificates and awards. Daniel has visited the school previously in this role to give motivational talks to students.
In his entertaining and humorous address, Daniel took the audience through his emotions during the 400 metres races at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002. He talked of getting over emotional and losing his focus between the semi-final (which he won) and the final (where he came a very close 4th). He felt that he would have won the final had he maintained the same focus as he had in his semi-final. He likened that to the journey the students were beginning, they could celebrate their successes this evening, but needed to retain focus and determination for the next challenges in life. This powerful message was very much appreciated by the audience. Daniel illustrated his talk with video of the two races.
Mr Turney (School Principal) in his closing address, congratulated the students on the best ever GCSE results which, for the first time, took the school above national average, with 54% achieving 5A* to C, including English and Maths. He said this was based on a group of students who worked extremely hard together with dedicated and professional support from their teachers. This success represented the tremendous value added by the school over five years compared to the predictions based on their Key Stage 3 results. He indicated that these results set a target for the current year 11 students and the excellent work was ongoing in duplicating this year's success.
Daniel receives a gift from Current Head Girl and Boy, Phoebe Cheetham and Robert Trueman
|Daniel with more students||Daniel Shorrock and Dominic Stephens |
with their Jack Webb awards
|Retired Head Girl, Elise Kane and retired Head Boy Ellis Rouse|| Outstanding achievement awards for GCSE results from left, Sian |
Parker, Daniel Meer, Elise Kane and Kate Rowntree.