Excellence shines through as expectations of our youth rises

De Aston School trophy winner, from left - Olivia Rigg, Emily Hancock, Sophie Collinson, Kathryn Cook, Rebecca Scuffham, Michaela Goldring and Sam Parkinson
De Aston School trophy winner, from left - Olivia Rigg, Emily Hancock, Sophie Collinson, Kathryn Cook, Rebecca Scuffham, Michaela Goldring and Sam Parkinson

Academic excellence was rewarded at De Aston School’s presentation evening last Wednesday.

Students who recently experienced great success in their GCSE and A-Level results gathered in the school hall for a special evening which was organised to recongise their achievements. The school’s presentation evening takes place annually and involves the Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 of the previous academic year.

Headteacher, Ellenor Beighton, spoke of the particular challenge the youth of today are facing. As she told students and parents, due to the national drive to raise standards, expectations of young people in 2012 are greater than they have ever been before.

However, she went on to talk of the school’s success, saying “Nationally, we have seen the first decline in examination results, particularly at GCSE, in 20 years, in many subjects. At De Aston, we were fortunate to have our best results ever.”

Mrs Beighton’s speech was followed by the presentation of prizes, which were handed out by Professor Ieuan Owen of Lincoln University.

Many former Year 13 students returned to the school for a final time to collect their awards before heading off to university.

Joan Lei was one former student who attended receiving The Anyan Cup for Best A-Levels.

Among the Special Prizes in Sixth Form were the ODA Cup for Service to the School, which was awarded to Emily Hancock, The Head’s Prize, which went to Emily Burridge and Thomas Manson, and The Deputy Head’s Prize, awarded to Ashleigh Gilliot and Guy Williams.

The school also recognised students for Outstanding Attainment and Outstanding Personal Achievement. Some of the students that gained either one or both of these awards were Kate Fenwick, Sam Parkinson, Olasupo Majasan and Alexandra Watkinson.

Mrs Beighton left the students with this piece of advice: “This is your world and the future depends on you...Make it a beautiful world.”