Students who took their GCSEs during Year 11 in the summer celebrated their success with friends and family at a ceremony in December. The event started with the presentation of GCSE certificates and special awards. The programme included a performance by Year 12 dance students.
Award winners this year were Amy Gold and George Dodd who received the Year 11 Academic Achievement Award for the two students who have achieved the highest grades across a broad range of subjects. Amy achieved the equivalent of 14 GCSE’s at grade C or above. Her results included 3 A*’s and 6 A’s at GCSE. In addition, she sat the Advanced Free Standing Maths Qualification, which is an introduction to A Level Maths, and gained a C grade. George achieved the equivalent of 14 GCSE’s at grade C or above. His results included 7 A*’s and 3 A’s at GCSE. He also took the Advanced Free Standing Maths Qualification and achieved a C grade
The Philip Lawrence Award for Work in School and the Local Community was given to George Jones. Nominated for his voluntary work throughout the year at a charity in London for homeless people George also volunteers there over the Christmas period to provide food for them. The award is named in honour and in memory of a North London Headteacher who was murdered outside his own school gates in 1995. This award is granted for outstanding services in the school and in the local community.
Megan Knight was presented with the Trevor Phillips’ award for History because her effort and achievement at GCSE History was outstanding. Megan was extremely motivated, highly organised and was a credit to the school.
The Helena Romanes Prize was awarded to Lauren Mitchell who has severe health problems. Despite this, Lauren continues to show strong character and a positive attitude, does not let it affect her studies, and continues to be a model student.
The Governors’ Prize, given to a Year 13 student to support their first year at University, was awarded to Amber Ewing. Amber is a very hardworking student who always meets deadlines and helps at events throughout the year. She has applied for University next year and is a dedicated student who is a role model for the rest of the school.
The Gemma Marshall Award for Textiles was introduced in honour of Gemma Marshall who was a distinguished student at the school from 1995 – 2003. Gemma went on to study at Winchester School of Art. She died in November 2006. Her memory will live on through this special award. We are honoured that Gemma’s parents Eddie and Jenny presented the award to Chloe Phillips. It was a unanimous decision by all of the staff in Design Technology Textiles to nominate Chloe this year. Her skills and talents have been recognised for a number of years now and her dedication to her studies in unquestionable.