Students and guests were welcomed by the Head of School, Rob Maddox. Year 11 Academic Attainment and Progress Awards were then first on the agenda.
Having undertaken the NCS scheme over 4 weeks in the Summer, Ben Smith secured the Community Award. He had worked at Nature Zones, Newport, making wooden benches as one project. Ben had shown resilience and an ability to cope when out of his comfort zone.
Team of the Year, chosen by sports teacher Michael Peake was the Year 11 Boys Football Team. Over the 5 years he taught the group they had achieved Island and national success. He revealed they had been challenging at times but also remarkable.
Year 8 Girls Football Team was chosen as the Club of the Year, and were an inspiration to all female students at the College. They were described as dedicated and hardworking and were good role models for other students.
Awards were presented subject by subject and although all the students gaining an Award are worthy of a mention space permits only to highlight some:
• Heather Kingsman gained an Award for English Language as well as a Year 11 Award having gained 10 A-C grades in GCSE including 5 A Grades. Xeb Lynas also gained an English Language(EL) Award having achieved 140 & 146 out of a possible 160 in both GCSE EL Exams. Lily Venables was awarded for English Literature having achieved 93 (Grade 9) from a possible 96 marks and being in the top 2% of UK students. Lily won last year’s Literary Prize in a story competition organised by the IW Society for the Blind.
• Carol Stevens was top for Health & Social Care- gaining 3 grades better than predicted in her exam and Jack Moran took the Award for Maths having gained a Grade 9 in the subject one of only 9 Island students to do so.
• Joseph Rice achieved overall attainment in Year 11. He worked extremely hard, scoring the highest possible grades in English, French and Hospitality & Catering. Joseph also took the Chemistry Award with his thirst for understanding the subject. Whilst his twin sister Anna gained the Award for French never failing to impress in the language, she handles the most challenging grammatical concepts with apparent ease.
Outstanding Progress and Attainment Awards were presented to students in years 7-11.
• Katie Taylor was rewarded for Progress in Year 10, being described as a very positive young lady when she put her mind to the task in hand., whilst Jared Newnham (Yr.10) was conscientious and hard- working and took an active role in class discussions.
• Morgan Tombleson’s Award citation mentioned him being capable and polite and demonstrating an ability to achieve and Kira Grant was recognised for outstanding progress working to the best of her ability.