The ‘Class of 2019’ 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 Mrs Boyce welcomed students and their families followed by Chair of Governors, Mr Wharam.

Mr Wharam said to the students: “Thankyou for the example that you have set to our youngers students and for enhancing this school’s reputation. Thankyou to your parents; a common feature here is the support that students get from their parents so thankyou for the contribution you have made to this school.”

He also urged students to “never stop learning’.

Executive Headteacher Mr Gritton said it was wonderful to have everyone back.

He said: “It’s really brave of you to come back. It can feel quite strange being here but you have been a big part of our lives for the last seven years. Well done, you did brilliantly. Last year’s Year 11 were some of the highest achieving students in the city. We know that’s down to an incredible amount of hard work on your part and dedication from our teachers. You are starting on a journey now. Whatever comes your way just enjoy it. When difficult times come know that they will pass. You are an amazing group of young people and we are immensely proud of you.”

Father Gregory Tobin, Parish Priest at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Derby, was the guest of honour.

He said: “The world at the moment needs change and you are the generation that’s going to bring that change. All of you are going to be strong leaders and you’ve had a great start in Catholic education. Be true to yourselves and follow your instincts. God bless you all.”

Awards were handed out for 100 per cent attendance followed by the subject achievement awards at GCSE and A-level.

A series of special awards was handed out which included The Brendan McGowan Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Sport which was presented to Simeon Perry. Simeon represented the official basketball team for Great Britain when he competed in the U-16 European Basketball Championships in Montenegro in the summer of 2019.

A final vote of thanks was delivered by the school’s Head Boy and Head Girl.