School finds cause for celebration

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

IT was a night of celebration for pupils and teachers at an Ipswich school as they gathered to pay tribute to the hard work and achievements of the last year.

IT was a night of celebration for pupils and teachers at an Ipswich school as they gathered to pay tribute to the hard work and achievements of the last year.

The presentation evening at Holywells High last night was a chance for pupils from last year to receive certificates for their GCSE results and other special awards. Pupils and parents packed the school hall in a show of support for the school which is now well on the road to recovery.

Holywells has been working very hard to raise the profile of the school within the community and this year Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover was there to give out the awards and pay tribute to this hard work and dedication.

Mr Pickover praised the pupils for their achievements in often adverse circumstances.

He said: " You sat vital papers when your school was in the national spot light and you showed that your school is really turning the corner. The Star supports you and the change that is sweeping your corridors. Good luck to everyone who is here tonight. You are all stars."

Head of year Graham Alcock spoke fondly of the group of students he looked after.

"This was the year when every pupil was placed on work experience with such success. This was the year when industry day was so successful the people involved wanted to come back and do it again. Some of my staff still come up to me and tell me they miss their year 11 class and that is the real tribute to you all. This evening is yours," he enthused.

The teachers were full of praise for the pupils and awards were also given to pupils who achieved outstanding success in their GCSE results.

Chris Willett, Charlotte Flowers, Darren Prentice, Cherry Riches, Darren Bond and Holly Smith all received awards for their results.

Karen Grimes, acting head, when giving out these awards, said: " These results really were outstanding by any school's standards."

Sean Maguire,16, received the Endeavour Award which is given to the pupil who has shown a tremendous perseverance to achieve.

Mrs Grimes also told them that they had, "remarkable energy, life and character."

She spoke proudly of how they had triumphed after a difficult and sometimes demoralising year.

"When the school went in to special measures it was very difficult, the students were preparing for exams under great pressure and so their achievements are even greater," she said.

It was clear that pupils, parents and teachers alike were proud of the school and its achievements last night and looking forward to continuing on their upward journey.

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