Olympic Gold Medallist Amy Williams MBE was guest of honour at Brooke Weston’s annual Prize Giving ceremony. She presented awards to hundreds of high-achieving students and gave a 10-minute presentation about her inspirational career.
She won Great Britain’s only gold medal in the skeleton bob event at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Originally she was a runner and only took up bob sleighing after trying out facilities at the University of Bath. She started training on the British Skeleton Development Programme and won several world class medals and accolades before becoming the first British woman in 58 years to win an individual gold medal.
The evening started with Principal Miss Stringer welcoming parents, students, dignitaries and staff. The ‘Review of the Year’ then highlighted some of the achievements of the last 12 months at Brooke Weston.
Ms Williams spoke about her sporting career: ‘Everyone told me it was absolutely impossible for a British athlete to go and get a winter sport medal … my motto is to say that nothing is impossible. Everyone here, whatever you put your mind to; however small or big that achievement is, you can go out and achieve it. Congratulations to everyone that I will be giving an award to.’
Prizes were handed out to lower school students and musical interludes were provided by Amie Wooton who played two recorder sonatas and Briana Rogerson, who performed a piano recital. Sir Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of the Brooke Weston Trust, gave an address, during which he reflected on the success of Brooke Weston, the development of the Trust and the vision and support of our founders, the de Capell Brooke and the Weston families.
Overall hundreds of students who excelled in individual disciplines, or who had gained handfuls of qualifications at GCSE and A Levels went to the podium to receive their prizes.
Student of the Year Awards were given to Lauren Coull, Stallon Moni and Marcus Rose of Years 7, 8 and 9 respectively while Charlotte Jackson received the accolade for Year 10 alongside Lorna Leandro from Year 12.
Year 11 GCSE Awards went to 25 students who had all achieved exceptionally in their GCSEs while Year 13 A Level Awards went to a further 11 students. Six students were also recognised with Year 13 vocational awards while another four received the BA Crest Gold Awards for their work on the Engineering Education Scheme.
Individual prizes were handed out by invited guests, including Mayor of Corby Cllr Mohammed Rahman, Mr Andrew Prigmore of HSBC, Clara Kenyon, Qualifications Director of OCR and Mrs de Capell Brooke.
Maria Garvey won HSBC Business Student of the Year. Graham Monteith was named Sports Person of the Year. The Jack Cheatley Memorial Award was given to Jack Duke while the Principal’s Award was awarded to entire tutor group of 7R, for their exemplary care of one of their fellow tutees. They were represented on the night by Nicole Webb and Harrison Fox. Top performing GCSE student Daniel Tough was presented with a laptop for being the OCR Outstanding Student of the Year Award and the Founders’ Award was given to Antonia Qualey, who is the first student in Brooke Weston to achieve the double accolade of top performing student in both GCSE and A Level cohorts.
Congratulations to all those who were awarded prizes and thank you to the audience, organisers, Parents in Partnership who served refreshments, and the technical staff that made the night such a success.