Hunstanton school reviews a fine year

Assembled prizewinners with Smithdon High Schooleadteacher Paul Marsh. MLNF15EB09630 ANL-151109-171337001
Assembled prizewinners with Smithdon High Schooleadteacher Paul Marsh. MLNF15EB09630 ANL-151109-171337001
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Smithdon High School in Hunstanton held its annual Celebration of Achievement and Prize Giving ceremony on Thursday evening.

Apart from parents, staff and governors, the school also welcomed guests, including the borough mayor and mayoress, and the Hunstanton mayor.

The headteacher, Paul Marsh, alluded to the strength of the Sixth Form, with an A-level pass rate of 94 per cent and the average A-level total points score per candidate topping 600 points for the second year running.

He also congratulated last year’s Year 11 students on their GCSE results, where levels of expected progress in English and Maths were above last year’s national averages, with the 74 per cent English grades at A*-C, 84 per cent of Catering grades at A*-C and 93 per cent of Health and Social Care grades at A*-C (equivalent) particularly pleasing.

Head boy Guy Brook and head girl Molly Sands talked about their experience of sixth form, Harry Caldicott and Alfie Holmes enthused about their PGL experience while Owen Tuckwood and Elias Roper described the work of the School Council.

Shirley Boswell, Emily West and Elise Rudd provided musical interludes.

Many individual awards were presented, both for attainment and progress throughout the year, culminating with the announcement of the Queen’s Prize for Best A-level Results, this year awarded to Ruairidh Hardy, who could not attend having taken up his place at university in Newcastle where he is studying Marine Technology and Naval Architecture.

Aiden Doughty won the Le Strange Award for Work Experience Excellence. He organised his own two-week placement at Robinsons Mercedes-Benz of Lynn who said: “Aiden is a polite and hardworking young man and a real credit to his school and family.”

The evening closed with the chair of governors, Huw Griffiths, congratulating the students and noting some further significant achievements, such as the work of our Sutton Scholars, and the Brilliant Club scholars who graduated so well last year through the Cambridge University scheme.

Mr Marsh said, “Prize Giving is the highlight of any academic year. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing young people achieve the success they deserve and move on to new and exciting challenges.”