Bonita Norris, who achieved the feat of being the youngest woman to climb Everest delivered an inspirational presentation about the challenges she faced and the skills needed to achieve her dream at this year’s Prize Giving.
Hundreds of students were awarded for their academic, sporting and vocational endeavours and the ceremony was watched by parents, staff, dignitaries, governors and Trustees of the Academy.
Musical interludes were provided by Amie Wooton who played Scarlatti’s sonata in D minor on the recorder and Cerys Davidge who sang a song in Spanish which was a tribute to the victims of the 2004 Madrid bombings. Both were accompanied by George Robinson on the piano.
Our Chair of Governors, Mr Phil Harris-Bridge gave a speech reflecting on the achievements of the past year. This included the visit from former Education Secretary Michael Gove, the retention of the Academy’s Gold Investor in People status, excellent exam results that placed it as the best performing state secondary school in Northamptonshire plus the excellent levels of progress achieved in all year groups.
He concluded: ‘Congratulations to all the students who are receiving awards today. Be rightly proud of your achievements and keep striving to do even better … and a big thank you to the teaching and non-teaching staff at the Academy who every day demonstrate that ambition is our reality.’
Student of the Year awards were presented to Emily Brown in Year 7 and Nkara and Judah Stephenson from Years 8 and 9 respectively. Emily O’Brien was Year 11 Student of the Year with Gautham Kumar presented with the Year 12 accolade.
Awards were given to the 25 students from Year 11 who had each achieved more than 10 A* or A graded GCSEs and also to the 21 students who had achieved at least 3 A graded passes at A Level.
Ten students who had taken part in the Engineering Education scheme received the BA Crest Gold Award. The project required them to work alongside industry experts and carry out more than 100 hours of independent study.
Individual prizes were presented by guests including the Mayor of Corby, Cllr Anthony Dady, Mr Andrew Prigmore of HSBC and MR Adrian Murray of OCR.
Max Freeman won HSBC Business Student of the Year. Tetrathlete Bethan Lewis was named Sports Person of the Year. The Serif Award for Creativity and Design went to Bethany Wilkins. Lucy Fell was named OCR Outstanding Student of the Year and presented with a laptop by OCR while the Hugh de Capell Brooke Award was presented to Vinh Ta by Mr Alexander de Capell Brooke.
Congratulations to all those who were awarded prizes and thank you to the audience, organisers, Parents in Partnership and technical staff that made Prize Giving 2014 such a success.