Awards to celebrate students’ success

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Success can be measured in many ways - that was the message from guest speaker Gavin Warhurst at De Aston School’s award ceremony.

Mr Warhurst is a member of the team which set up and developed Hill Holt Wood, an environmental social enterprise.

He looked at how life can change and the ways success can be viewed.

“Succeed today, succeed tomorrow, define success your own way,” he told a packed sports hall.

And award certificates were presented to pupils from years seven to ten who had achieved their own successes over the past year - in application, attendance, progress and perseverance.

Individual awards went to Kieron Paul - Head’s Award for Excellence, Rhiannon Troop and Millicent Williams - Outstanding Contribution to the School and Eleanor Perry and Alex Mercer - School Council Award.

An additional award, of a Kindle, was made for high attendance, and the winner, drawn from those eligible, was Ellie-Mae Myles, who had a 100 per cent rate.

“Congratulations to you all,” said headteacher Ellenor Beighton.

“Every single student has made progress, regardless of whether or not they have got an award.”

Mrs Beighton also thanked the staff for all their work over the past year.

And the occasion was an opportunity too for students to say goodbye to the members of staff leaving the school.

The heads of school paid tribute to deputy head Julie Taylor, who has retired after 38 years at the school.

They asked their fellow students to use one word to describe Mrs Taylor, and the word that most people used was ‘inspirational’.

And also retiring this term were Trevor Kendall, Head of Business Studies, and Bob Tubman, Head of Sociology, who have notched up 50 years service to the school between them.