Students and Parents Celebrate Academic Achievement

During the well attended evening the school’s highest achieving students were presented with an award recognising their hard work, commitment and academic success.

Each of the school’s faculties and subject areas nominated two students from each year group to receive a subject award. The subject areas also selected one students, from any year group, to receive the overall subject award.

In addition, one high achieving student from each of the school’s houses was selected by their Achievement Leader for an award. The outstanding students of the year were Irene Chen – Apollo, Tia Andrews – Fortune, Ruby Miah – Garrick and Cristian Covaliuc– Phoenix. Year 10, Fortune House, student Rebecca Prestidge was selected by the school’s headteacher for a special award.

The students sat in front of proud parents, carers and family members, were presented with a medal by world record holder James Golding, and received a certificate from the school’s headteacher Alison Davies.

Midway through the celebratory evening James Golding, a world record holder and Pride of Britain award winner, shared his inspirational story with the award winning students, and their families.

In 2017 James, who lives in Rugby, broke the world record for the distance cycled in 7 days after clocking up 1,766.2 miles. But James’ inspirational story began back in 2009 when he was diagnosed with cancer. His weight dropped from 14 stone to six stone and he lost the ability to walk. When James went in for life saving surgery doctors gave him just a 5% chance of survival. During surgery he went into cardiac arrest and spent two weeks in a coma before having to learn to walk again using a frame.

During his recovery James decided he wasn’t going to give up and was determined to give something back to the medics who had saved his life, and decided to take on long-distance cycling challenges, despite never having ridden more than five miles round Draycote Water a local reservoir.

Since then James has raised more than £3 million for charity and has ridden across the US, Mexico, Spain and France, pedalled from London to Paris six times, as well as John O’Groats to Land’s End. He has completed the gruelling Haute Route, across the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, eight times – more than any other Brit. On one trip across the USA, he was knocked off his bike by a lorry, and he has also had to battle cancer for a second time. In 2018 he was named as ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ in Pride of Britain’s Pride of Birmingham Awards.

Achievement Leader Carole Labreize, who organised this year’s awards evening’ said, “It was a privilege to invite James to present awards to our students. The whole audience listened carefully to James and were lucky to hear his truly inspirational story. James told the students to aim high, that the sky is the limit, and that they can achieve anything if they put their mind to it, which is wonderful advice.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher commented “Our awards evening, which celebrates the success of 100 students, is something I genuinely look forward to. The event is about recognising the ability and talent of students whose hard work, day in and day out, has led them to be successful. As well as recognising the students’ effort I also recognise, and thank, our staff and the students’ parents and carers whose support and guidance helps our students be successful in many ways.”

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