The ‘Class of 2018’ was celebrated at our Presentation Evening.

Subject awards were handed out to last year’s Year 13 and 11 students along with GCSE and A-level certificates.

Deputy Head Hazel Boyce welcomed students and their families followed by Chair of Governors, Sherri Medcalf, and new Head of School Martin Brailsford.

Mrs Medcalf congratulated all of the students on their many achievements.

She said: “On behalf of the governors I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you. It’s such a pleasure to be part of this evening, recognising all of the hard work that you have completed over the years. You are a credit to yourselves and your families and to the wider school community so well done.”

Mr Brailsford gave his first address since becoming Head of School this month.

He said: “Take your rewards and remember the journey that you have been on, remember that support that you have received. I hope all of you feel as proud as I do.”

Sean McClafferty, CEO of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, was the guest of honour.

He told the students: “Failure does happen and things do go wrong. Resilience is something that you need to have more than anything, the ability to bounce back. How we do things in life matters more than the specific job we do, your God given talents matter more than exam results and you can leave a bigger mark by who you are becoming rather than what you do for a living.”

A series of special awards was handed out which included The Joe Ferrier Award for Best Music Newcomer, presented to Febi Jaimon and Eleanor McLaughlin won The Malcolm Sircom Award for Musical Theatre. Eleanor also won The Roger Bounds Award for Outstanding Performance Across Science Subjects at A-level.

The Brendan McGowan Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Sport was presented to Charlotte Hall and The Alex Field Award and The Maggie Gorman Award for Independent Living Skills were handed to the family of James Howland, a student who sadly passed away last year.

A final vote of thanks was delivered by Head Boy Euan Harrison and Head Girl Grace Jenner.

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