Issued: November 26, 2015
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GCSE Awards Evening
The 2015 group of Year 11 students at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, gathered with their parents, staff and governors to celebrate their achievements at this year's GCSE Awards Evening.
Sharon Young enjoyed her last GCSE Awards Evening as Head of Year 11 having recently retired from the key role after 15 years.
She said: "I was so proud of all the students this year. All speeches were excellent and demonstrated the humour and community spirit of this year group."
Students received their certificates from headteacher Chris Seward.
Many students were also presented with Subject Awards, Special Awards and Governorsâ€™ Prizes recognising a range of academic achievements, effort and extra-curricular activities.
Among the prize winners were Grace Hyde who received the Maralyn Farrow Shield for her excellent work ethic and significant effort made throughout all areas of study during Year 11.
Grace achieved above and beyond her target grades due to her attitude and determination.
Angus Bailey received the 2012 Trophy for best demonstrating the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect as well as the Paralympic Values of courage, determination, equality, and inspiration.
Meanwhile Governorsâ€™ Prizes were awarded to students with outstanding academic achievement.
Students who achieved nine or more A or A* grades in full GCSEs taken during Year 11 were Ruby Clarke, Jonathan Edwards, Mary Gare, Christy Gilbert, Edward Gokmen, Josanne Hicks, Hannah Huff, Lily Lee, Rachel Leong, Jonathan Liu Hong, Thomas Mansfield, Francesca Nash, Zanetta Ogunsanlu, Eleanor Smith, Louis Smith, Megan Thomas, Lewis Wait and Henry Warnock.
The audience was entertained with stunning musical performances by Hannah Huff and Olivia Collins while Rachel Leong and Florentia Stassi provided a modern medley during the musical interlude.
Other highlights of the evening included entertaining speeches from students who shared their stories and school experiences from Year 7 through to results day and to the new chapters of their lives.
Headteacher Chris Seward congratulated the students and spoke about the value of education.
He said: "I referred to a group of Nigerian visitors from a Christian organisation called Open Doors who, earlier in the day, had met the sixth form and told them of life in the north of the country where schools are being destroyed and many children are killed or kidnapped.
"That should make us realise never to take education for granted and to remind us to make the most of every opportunity that we are given."