Pride in Achievement
One of the things that strikes visitors to school is the pride that pupils take in others achievements. At the end of each assembly, every day of the week, we celebrate achievement through badges and mentions. Often a member of staff will give a mention for curriculum work, citizenship, community or something fabulous at home. The response from fellow pupils is always one of genuine support and delight in what their friend has achieved. Sometimes it is a pupil who stands up to mention something that another pupil has achieved, sometimes staff know, sometimes they don’t.
At the end of each academic year on the last day bar one (The last day is always a goodbye to the Leavers and a Disco)
Staff, pupils, families and invited guests gather in our hall for our official Awards Ceremony. We celebrate attendance, curricular achievement across all subjects and qualifications gained. In addition to these we also have some very special trophies to award. Each named after a unique pupil or member of staff who has made a great impact upon our school.
Claire Skelly Performing Arts Award – For the pupil who has not just an interest but a talent for performing. Claire was a pupil who threw herself into the Arts, took part in lots of performances and out of hours clubs, and was a larger than life stage personality. Now, many years after she passed away, it is a joy to see her remembered each year in this award. Claire’s Dad gives out the award every year and it means a lot to him to see the new Arts talent being recognised.
Celia Jarratt Living Life to the Full – for the pupil who contributes the greatest sense of fun and enthusiasm to school activities over the year. Every class that Celia ever taught was full to the brim withexcitement and enthusiasm from both staff and pupils. Lessons were pupil led, Celia was never daunted by jumping ship and exploring uncharted territory. Stories about her are Legendary. Every year a small group of pupils amaze staff with their absolute enjoyment of everything they do. Some kids walk into a room and light it up with their personalities.
Gareth Davies Endeavour Award – For overcoming barriers to achievement We all know that life can throw such challenges at us. We also know that some of us struggle with those challenges. This award celebrates the indomitable spirit that refuses to let these challenges spoil life.
Alan Seal Work Related Learning award – for many years Alan was our Further Education Department Lead. He was committed to creating a real and relevant curriculum that took many of our pupils out into the world of work and volunteering. At the heart of what he advocated is that our young people are givers not takers, people who can become engaged and active within their communities.
Althea Greenway Key Stage 3 learner – Since retiring from her post of lead in our 11-14 Department and year 7 teacher, Althea has travelled abroad bringing help and support to children in need. She has seeded new schools and remains dedicated to learning for all children. Her award recognises the young person who has made the most progress overall in their learning.
Each Award ceremony is a day to treasure for all who share it.