Prizegiving: Wednesday 16th September 2020

In these exceptional times I am delighted, on behalf of the Governors, to welcome you to our virtual Prize Giving. This has been a year where we have had to adapt to the circumstances where celebrating students'successes are more important than ever.

There is no feeling quite like hearing our students’ names being called out, watching our students taking that walk of pride to the Great Hall stage, shaking hands with the guest of honour and collecting prizes. This year’s version will be different, but all prize winners should know that the pride felt in them by their family, teachers and friends is as justified as any other year.

Our Senior Prize Giving celebrates students between Years 9 and 13. Prizes are not only awarded for academic success but also sporting achievements and in recognition of enthusiasm, commitment, imagination and contribution to school life. Videos from Mr. Birtchnell,Director of Sixth Form, and Mr. Twose, Head of Year 11, will give you a flavour of the rich diversity of student interests and achievements. We are hugely proud of all our students.  

I hope you enjoy the virtual Prize Giving. Please select the purple graphical links below to view the presentations.

Our programe, including the prize winners is available to download here

Please can Year 13 Leavers (those in Year 13 in the academic year 2019 to 2020) with surnames beginning A to J please collect prizes from outside the Sixth Form Common Room on Thursday 17 September between 4:15pm and 4:45pm, and those with surnames beginning K to Z please collect prizes from outside the Sixth Form Common Room on Friday 18 September between 4:15pm and 4:45pm.  Please enter school via the Park Avenue entrance.  If you are unable to make these time slots, we will be in contact and offer an alternate date later in the Autumn term that is outside of the University term dates. Prizes for all other year groups will be distributed in school.

In Dr Wright’s speech, the Chair of Governors pays tribute to all the prize winners, especially those winning the special prizes in Year 13, and highlights once again the resilience and capacity of our students to knuckle down even in difficult circumstances, supported by everyone within the school community.

  In Mr Rees’s speech, the Headteacher welcomes you to this virtual and online celebration of the achievements of our senior students and reflects on another excellent year. He emphasises the hope that this event will bring our our wonderful community together once again and highlights all the outstanding work that has taken place even though face to face learning has diminished.
All the events, activities and achievements mentioned in his speech are even more impressive as they took place when the school was mostly closed and reflects the hard work, talent and determination of our students alongside the constant support of parents, staff and governors.

In Squadron Leader Mike Ling’s speech, the Guest of Honour, who is a former pupil, congratulates all the prize winners and remembers his school days, including his first day at school. He highlights the importance of embracing opportunities and displaying resilience when dealing with adversary. Squadron Leader Ling illustrates this by describing the time when he suffered a high sped mid- air collision.

A message from Mr Twose - Head of Year 11
I am extremely proud of all the students that completed Year 11 this Summer, they have achieved a fantastic set of results and have always taken all the opportunities presented to them inside and outside of the classroom.  I have always challenged them to enjoy the journey and leave the school in a better place to which they found it. The boys have definitely achieved this and have always tried their best in all endeavours.  I look forward to hearing about their future achievements and success, of which I am confident there will be many. 

In Mr Birtchnell’s speech, the Director of Sixth Form, outlines that despite the pandemic, the cancellation of public exams, and the drastic changes to people’s lives, the Sixth Form have responded fantastically, adapting to learning online with ease and still finding time to enrich the lives of those around them.