Proud parents and teachers watched pupils at The Bemrose School pick up awards for attendance, achievement and enthusiasm during a presentation ceremony.
Students from across the school’s primary and secondary phases were considered for awards which were presented by the two head teachers Kate Beecroft and Andy Scott.
Among the categories were prizes for commitment, caring and contribution, for outstanding coursework and determination and for making an outstanding contribution to school life.
Safaa Khan, 17, was given an award for effort and commitment to her studies. She said: “I was told I had to attend the ceremony, but I didn’t know I was going to get an award so I was really pleased when they called out my name.
“I’m doing A-levels in business, social care and science and I do work really hard. We get a lot of coursework, but I know that if I try my best it will pay off.”
Twelve-year-old Nicholas Bates was given a prize for his successful transition to secondary school.
He said: “I went to Ashgate Primary and I was very nervous about starting here in September, but my transition definitely went better than I expected.
“I enjoy all my classes and I’ve learned such a lot. I have discovered that this is a really great school and if you work hard and pay attention you can really achieve a great education.”
15-year-old Marshall Blakemore received an award for his contribution to PE and sport. He said: “I play basketball for Derbyshire and I love all sport, so PE is definitely my favourite lesson.
“It’s nice to get recognised for it and pick up an award.”
Guest speaker for the evening was Amer Khan, the CEO of Precipio Consulting and a former pupil of the school, which is based in Uttoxeter New Road.
Executive head teacher Neil Wilkinson said: “I would like to send my congratulations to all the pupils who received an award, they have all gone above and beyond and embraced the opportunities given to them.
“We work hard at Bemrose School to inspire our learners and encourage them to believe that anything is possible. We will often say that success lives in cans – not can’ts – and our students are urged to take their ‘cans’ with them throughout life.
“Our school motto is Learning Together, Working Together and Achieving Together, and the pupils honoured during our award ceremony have done just that.”
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