Last week we celebrated in style with all of our prize winners from the academic year 2014-15. Our annual and prestigious event began with canapés distributed by our student leaders, whilst the guests in attendance were serenaded with music performed by our string ensemble.

Students, parents and their friends congregated in the theatre as staff dressed in academic robes opened the event with a procession towards the stage. Ms Stone opened the evening officially, followed by a speech from our principal, Mr Ribton.

The first set of prizes were awarded to the Art & Design, Business Studies and English & Media departments, which was preceded by Lord Fink delivering a speech to the audience.

More awards followed, along with a musical interludes performed by Darnell Christie of Year 12 and the Jazz band. Former student, Adekunle Awodele who now attends the University of Cambridge, delivered an inspiring speech about the importance of having a positive attitude and hard work. Marcella Cilia, also a former student captivated the audience as she discussed completing a gap year with United States Geological Society. She received a £4000 scholarship from the Royal Geographical Society for the placement.

The event ended with the final prizes being awarded. Each student received the complete novels of George Orwell.

It was a glorious evening, where parents; governors; students and teachers came together to celebrate our finest achievements amidst an array of speeches, musical talent and film reviews. Our thanks go out to Ms Stone, our Heads of Departments, and our student leaders for helping to make this another successful celebration at the academy.