Awards for academic and extra-curricular achievements were handed out to hundreds of students at our Presentation Evening.

Students from Year 8 to 11 were praised in front of a packed audience of parents, family members, carers and staff.

House awards were also made, with the Athletics Day Trophy going to John Paul House and the Attendance Shield being won by Kolbe House.

In between the speeches and awards, the audience was entertained by the academy’s band while younger students performed several songs on stage

The academy’s new chair of governors, Sherri Medcalf, welcomed everyone to the event.

She said: “It’s lovely to participate in something like this and share the excitement and the sense of achievement that we as parents feel and our young people feel.”

Mr Gritton thanked parents for their support.

He said: “At the start of Year 7 a few weeks ago I did assemblies during which I talked about our expectations of students and I used a quote by Nelson Mandela who said that education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world. It’s all about education and that’s what makes the difference.

“I go into classrooms and see young people who love their learning and are passionate about what they do and see what we talked about being acted out by young people who want to use education to make a better world.

“I would like to thank all of you as your children wouldn’t be here without you, we can’t do what we do without all the fantastic work that you do.”

The academy was also presented with its Champion School award from the National Citizen Service by Kara Foley, an ex-student who works for NCS. The award rewards schools for their commitment to the youth programme.

NCS gives children aged 15 to 17 the opportunity to take on volunteering challenges and build skills for work and life.

Kara said: “When I was a student here the staff were really supportive and encouraged me to be the best that I can be. Volunteering really helped me a lot and these experiences helped shape me into the person that I have become today. Volunteering is really important and gives you skills for life such as communication, time management, teamwork and leadership. I wouldn’t be where I am today without NCS.”

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