Parents, students, staff and governors joined together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students over the past year.

Over 250 guests attended the prestigious annual event, which honours students for a range of achievements including; academic achievement, student leadership, overcoming adversity and involvement in extra curricular activities.

The event had a ‘garden tea party’ theme and for the first time the ceremony was held in a marquee in the academy grounds. Flowers, balloons and vintage crockery adorned the marquee and guests were treated to a delicious afternoon tea served by the student hospitality team. The academy’s talented pianists, Eli Hughes and Joseph Alderson played for guests and singers Leahmae Garbino Lawlor and Izzy Faulkner also gave outstanding performances.

The Year 10 band played for guests on arrival and an art exhibition of students’ work was on display around the academy. There was also the chance for guests to watch a screening of our recent Rock Challenge winning performance.

During the ceremony we heard from guest speaker; former student Stephanie Crossley, who joins the London based law firm Slaughter and May in the new year. Stephanie spoke to the students about making the most of the opportunities on offer at the academy and how to achieve your goals.

Notable winners from the evening include Amber Whyte (Year 12) who picked up four awards for academic excellence, overall achievement, achievement in Year 12 and top student in Year 12. Neve Richardson (Year 10) was presented with the Apollo Award for ‘Learner of the Year’ for making outstanding progress across all of her subjects.

Assistant Principal, Melissa Relph commented, “This year we decided to change the way we run our annual awards as we believe that it’s really important that our students’ achievements are given the credit they deserve. The event was joint effort from across the academy community. Staff and students came together, working hard for weeks to make sure that the event was a huge success. We have been inundated with feedback from parents and students about how special the event was and how much they enjoyed themselves. Well done to all of the students who received an award.”

For all of the photographs from the event please visit our Facebook page.