AWARD winners at the Ormiston Six Villages Academy were told they had endless possibilities with their teachers’ help.
The leading former students at the Westergate school received 69 certificates, shields and trophies at its latest annual GCSE presentation evening.
Their special guest was Dj Barnes, the national director for academies at the Ormiston Academies Trust.
Assistant principal Julia Burchell said: “She recounted a key moment in her childhood when she failed the dreaded 11-plus exam and overheard her parents worrying about her future.
“She then explained how two teachers who believed in her had helped her to become a highly successful teacher, head teacher and now national director.
“Her message was clear – nothing should stop the class of 2014 from success, as long as they let their teachers help them.”
The evening’s formal ceremony, after a Buck’s Fizz welcome in the Gate Cafe, began with a stunning performance by former student Charley Morgan.
Her rendition of Paloma Faith’s New York left her audience in no doubt about why she gained the award for contribution to the arts within the academy.
Mai Betsworth gained five awards. They included ‘outstanding achievement in English’ where she made five levels of progress and gained a double A* grade.
Kayleigh Puttock soon discarded her high sparkly shoes during her four journeys to the dais.
A popular winner was Megan Lenharth who was recognised for her contribution to the school community. Many students will know her from her tireless work on the school council.
Principal Steve Nelmes closed the evening by reminding all students they would go on to do great things.
“He told them he had confidence in them and was privileged to have taught them,” Mrs Burchill said.
“That is a sentiment all of the staff at academy would echo.”
She thanked current Year 11 student Scott Howard for volunteering as the evening’s official photographer.