The achievements of students were celebrated at our Presentation Evening.

Students from last year’s Year 11, 12 and 13 cohort attended the event along with their families and staff members.

The Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, was the guest of honour and there were musical performances from the Saint Benedict Big Band and the Saint Benedict Academy Choir.

Subject prizes were awarded along with Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards, Year 11 certificates and Post-16 certificates.

There was also a series of special prizes including the Governors’ Award for Outstanding Achievement at GCSE Level, the Claire Gaskin Prize for an Outstanding Piece of Creative Work and the Headteacher’s Award, which all went to Roisin Kirkpatrick.

Hugh Cafferky won the Malcolm Sircom Award for Musical Theatre along with the John Barnett Award for the Contribution to the Catholic Nature of the School.

George Lee and Joe Smith both won the Bernard Des Forges Award for Outstanding Performance Across All A-Level Subjects.

Joe scored three A*s and a B while George achieved three A*s. Both went on to Cambridge University, Joe is studying Natural Sciences while George is taking French and Russian. Joe also won the Roger Bounds Prize for Outstanding Performance Across Science Subjects at A-Level.

Charlotte Hall won the Brendan McGowan Prize for an Outstanding Contribution to Sport while Jessica Parry won the Maggie Gorman Prize for Independent Living Skills.

Chair of Governors, Sherri Medcalf, welcomed the audience to the evening along with Mr Gritton.

Mr Gritton said: “This is quite an emotional evening for us because we’ve known many of you for seven years so this is a special night for all of us and your parents. It’s great to have you back at such a special event which is about celebrating all of these young people who are going off to different places across the UK.

“We had some fantastic individual achievements at GCSE and A-level and collectively you all did brilliantly and we are so proud of all of you. We had the best ever A-level pass rate and at GCSE more students than ever achieved a higher pass in English and Maths.”

The final Vote of Thanks was given by Head Boy Ben Wright and Head Girl Taylor Fowlke.

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