Hardenhuish staff, governors and parents all gathered for the annual GCSE Awards Evening to celebrate the outstanding efforts and achievements of last year’s Year 11 pupils.
Proceedings began with a welcoming drinks reception, where pupils were informally congratulated on their successes before the more formal celebration took place. The evening was presided over by Mrs Kirsty Martin, Chair of Governors, Mrs Lisa Percy, Headteacher, and Ms Amy Webb, Learning Manager for Year 11. As well as all the former Year 11 pupils receiving their GCSE certificates, more than 80 awards for exceptional effort and achievement in specific subjects, as well as a number of special awards, were presented to the year group. The ceremony was a very moving and inspiring occasion for all concerned.
Also attending were representatives of companies that sponsor specific awards, including Ms Karen Reed from Ixys Capital UK Westcode, Mr John Scragg from Chippenham Twinning Association and Deputy Mayor Councillor D Allen from Chippenham Town Council.
The event also showcased the musical talent of Chloe Bell, performing a flute piece entitled ‘Hypnosis’ by Ian Clarke.
Mrs Martin was full of praise for the pupils and staff, saying “It’s always wonderful to celebrate the success of our pupils but this year was special because they managed to achieve the best ever results for the school and in the first year of the new GCSEs too. The governors are really proud of the work the staff put in with lots of extra revision sessions and resources to help the students achieve the best grades and, in many cases, exceed their targets.”