Gifted pupils excel at awards evening ; John Whitgift Academy prizegiving ceremony [Grimsby Telegraph (UK)]
(Grimsby Telegraph (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IT all added up for the principal of John Whitgift Academy, Mark Rushby who had a dozen reasons to be cheerful at the school's annual prizegiving. Within two years of becoming an academy, the school had a 12 per cent rise in its GCSE performance including maths and English.
Mr Rushby told the audience of pupils, staff and parents, results day in August was the proudest moment of his 31-year career. He said the figures made his academy one of the most improved schools in North East Lincolnshire.
He said a number of academies in the Humber region had seen a decline in results. Mr Rushby said: This puts our set of results into perspective, at a time when the government is raising the bar and making examinations more challenging we have achieved our best ever set of results.
The principal added: We are on a journey of improvement. Am I proud of the outcomes of this year? Yes. Can we do even better in the future?Yes.
Will we do better in the future? Definitely. He praised the team work at John Whitgift Academy and said employers look for skills of outstanding attendance, resilience, dedication, numeracy and literacy, as well as teamwork.
Mr Rushby said he wanted to develop well-rounded young people to make a significant contribution to life in Britain in the 21st Century.
He introduced former pupil Matthew Prior, who is now a leading gynaecologist at Royal Preston Hospital.
He is also a Save The Children ambassador who will be working with Third World communities in Africa.
He told students he had delivered four babies by caesarean section the previous day.
Dr Prior said: My time at Whitgift started in Year Seven as one of the shortest, shiest and under-confident pupils. But with the support of the teachers and friends I developed so much as a person.
I took advantage of the opportunities. I got good grades.
The guest speaker said his work experience placement from school at the Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital gave him the dream of becoming a doctor.
Head girl, Necia Pratten, thanked Dr Prior for his inspiring talk.
She collected four awards including a prize for enhancing academy life.
She said: It is partly because I was nominated as head girl and I showed a delegation from the twin town of Konigswinter round our school.
It was a privilege. Jodie Hogarth, 16, is now a volunteer teacher at John Whitgift.
The aspiring teacher said: I enjoyed my time so much I did not want to leave. It is brilliant.
Winner of the Principal's Award for exceptional talent was Lisa February, who played Blousey in the school's production of Bugsy Malone. She said: Ever since I joined the drama club, I have grown in confidence.
I just want to act.
Mr Rushby hailed her as the most outstanding talent he had seen in 31 years in teaching. ? ON THE WEB: More education news can be found at www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/education Prizes awarded were: The Principal's Award: Laura Jones The Principal's Award for Exceptional Talent: Lisa February Award for best overall academic performance 2012: Alex Hunt Award for most progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4: Natasha Mitchell Award for Attendance and Punctuality: Jake Burrows The Richard Broadley Memorial Award for Endeavour: Laura Cardy The Richard Lincoln Memorial Award for Self Improvement: Morgen Harwood Community Ambassador Award: Ryan Cook Award for Determination and Perseverance: Jodie Hogarth Sports Boy of the Year: Luke Easton Sports Girl of the Year: Rosie Clark Award for excellence in Mathematics: Corey Richardson Award for excellence in English: Joshua Hunt Award for excellence in Science: Joshua Hunt and Natasha Mitchell Award for excellence in Modern Foreign Languages: Joshua Hunt Award for excellence in Engineering: Luke Smith Award for excellence in Humanities: Lily Vessey Award for excellence in ICT: Joshua Hunt Award for excellence in Physical Education: Alex Hunt Award for excellence in Art and Design: Natasha Mitchell Award for excellence in the Performing Arts: Liam Kiff Award for excellence in Health And Social Care: Emily Huntley Subject awards: Maths: Nik Barwood, Callum Reed, Lewis Kirman, Summa Trott, Katie Harrington, Aidan Coupland, Charlotte Lane and Necia Pratten.
English: Alixe Gok, Lucy Ellis, Bethany Kenny, Lewis Kirman, Shanna Major, Lisa February, Necia Pratten and Jessica Pope.
Science: Alixe Gok, Bethany Kenny, Katie Harrington and Jessica Brandham. Technology and engineering: Liam Smith , Olivia Emmerson, Bradley Pearson, Leonie Pearson, Connor Meek, Samantha Smith, Corey Eratt and Amber Jewitt.
Hospitality and catering: Hollie Cain, Ryan Cook, Lauren Brighton and Alisha Butler.
Modern foreign languages - French: Megan Shreeve, Jordan Young, Jessica Wyatt, Sam Wingate, Lucy Lane, Aaron Windridge, Jessica Pope and Jessica Brandham.
Combined humanities: Alixe Gok, Tommy Edmunds, Hannah Hutton, Bailey Shore.
Geography: Jessica Pope and Jessica Brandham.
History: Shanna Major, Lisa February, Necia Pratten and Jack Morley.
ICT: Ebony Scrimshaw, Byron Fielding, Lucy Ellis, Kieran Crow, Amber Greenhalgh , Jak Riley and Luke Easton, Charlotte Wells and Kieran Anderson Art: Patryk Misiak , Billie Kearns, Bethany Kenny, Joe Spilman, Katie Harrington, Emily Bonness, Charlotte Lane and Connor Burrows.
Music: Georgina Powner, Ryan Hill, Kelsey Turkington, Lewis Kirman, Chloe Moore, Katie Harrington, Richelle Scripps, Kieran Anderson and Charlie O'Flinn. Business studies: Shanna Major, Aiden Timmins, Shihab Alghowail and Jessica Pope.
Drama: Alixe Gok, Aliya Tacey, Lisa February, Holly Merritt.
Sport leadership: Rosie Clark and Rhys Webb. Physical education: Jack Hewett , Tasha Cordes, Luke Winfarrah, Kellyann Grayson, Luke Easton, Katie Harrington, Liam Hulse and Rosie Clark.
Year leader awards for contribution to Academy life: Molly McKenzie, Euan Would, Callum Harvey, Sophie Wringe, Aaron Windridge, Courtney Turkington, Jamie Nicholson and Necia Pratten.
One hundred per cent attendance awards: Year 7: Liam Burrows, Virginia Burton, Byron Fielding, Jack Hewett, Kieran Pykett, Denii Reynolds and Luke Williamson Year 8: Benjamin Thompson and Jessica Wyatt Year 9: Cassie-Ann Griffin, Kyle Hulse, Taelan Reynolds and Aiden Timmins Year 10: Amy Berry, Matthew Bett, Connor Burrows, Hayley Cottard, Liam Hulse and Kornilus Maynard.
BLAZING A TRAIL: Head girl of John Whitgift Academy, Necia Pratten, with her clutch of awards including an accolade for enhancing Academy life.
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