Top students praised for their achievements

On Tuesday 15th November, we recognised and congratulated our students for their many achievements from 2015-2016 by holding an awards evening. As St Mark’s is centred on inspiring achievement, building confidence and enabling all students to thrive, this event provided the perfect opportunity to praise students on their many achievements in these areas.

The event was well attended with many coming together to congratulate the students for a vast array of accomplishments. These included the highest achievements in KS3 and GCSE in all subjects, most improved student in all subjects, 100% attendance and Business and Achievement awards recognising the successes of students in Maths, English, Science and Technology as well as the Peplow Shield for services to the community and the Wicheard Cup for best achievement and outstanding progress.

This year’s coveted award for outstanding achievement was awarded to Head Girl, Tia W, and the Highest Overall Achievement Trophy was once again awarded to Bryan C for demonstrating exceptional and consistent success and dedication across numerous subjects. Bryan is one of only a handful of students in the history of the school to have achieved this esteemed award in consecutive years.

Students, staff and parents were joined by special guest speaker, Mr Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive Officer of the British Paralympic Association, for an inspirational insight into the British Paralympic team at Rio 2016. Using the school’s values of Wisdom, Ambition and Integrity as his focus, Tim engaged and enthused the audience by sharing his experiences and aspirations for Paralympics GB whilst highlighting the many successes of our country’s sports men and women and their truly amazing achievements despite some challenging personal journeys.

Tim Hollingsworth said: “As a local resident I was delighted to come St Mark’s to speak about my experiences in Rio 2016 but also to learn more the amazing achievements of the pupils during the Awards evening. I was very impressed and they all should be congratulated. St Mark’s believes in the values of wisdom, ambition and integrity and this shone through.”

Headteacher, Barnaby Ash, said: “The evening provided an excellent opportunity for students to be rewarded for the hard work and effort they have put in throughout the year. We offer our congratulations to all students who received awards and our thanks to all guests and families who helped to make the evening such a success.”