Great Baddow High School celebrated at their Key Stage Three Awards Evening, providing an important opportunity for students to appreciate their own and others’ academic excellence and support a culture where achievement is recognized, valued and celebrated.
As the school year comes to a close, over 110 top attaining students, along with their proud parents and family, celebrated what they have achieved over this academic year, with prizes for the highest attainers and greatest level of progress in each subject.
The introduction from Headteacher Carrie Lynch reinforced the main message of the evening.
‘Tonight, we congratulate our prize winners on the excellent standard they have achieved but, as importantly, we celebrate their focus, engagement, contribution in lessons, resilience and hard work because it is those qualities that will help them to continue to develop as outstanding learners who will achieve outstanding outcomes.”
This was superbly reinforced by the guest speakers who presented awards, two inspiring students who left the school’s sixth form last summer: Ellie Foot, who completed her A Levels last summer and has now finished her first year at Liverpool University, where she is studying veterinary science and Niall Pollinger, now Officer Cadet Pollinger who is training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
“Veterinary studies is one of the most competitive university courses in the country. Ellie was an excellent student throughout her time at Great Baddow High School achieving outstanding GCSEs (10A* and 2A) s and 2 A* and an A at A Level. Ellie’s speech focused on the difference between ‘talent’ which implies some natural, magical quality – and the reality behind success in any field: hardwork!” David Thomas, Assistant Headteacher (Most Able Learners) Great Baddow High School
Niall’s leadership skills developed at school and contributed significantly to his achievement of the highest possible grade of triple distinction starred in the BTEC Level 3 course he completed in Year 13 and which helped set him up for a career in the army. He is halfway through the officer training course at Sandhurst has been identified as one of the very top cadets in the company of 90 cadets.
‘Niall held his audience in his hand as he described the qualities he had developed during his time at school, how proud he was of that and how lucky the students were to have the range of opportunities they had at Great Baddow. He encouraged all prize winners to hang on to the feeling of success they were experiencing and to build on that for the future.’ David Thomas, Assistant Headteacher (Most Able Learners) Great Baddow High School
Parents attending the event were overwhelmed by the impact of the two speakers, described as ‘exceptional role models’, and the celebration of academic success experienced during the evening.
‘Having past pupils demonstrating the result of their hard work and determination was inspirational for the students that attended’
‘The two ex- students were wonderful - so determined to reach their goals.’
‘It was lovely it was to see such positivity and pride in the achievements of the children.’
Tom Johnson, Head of Religious Education: ‘I felt very proud to be a teacher at Great Baddow High School tonight and I just wanted to say how positive about life it has made me feel.’
The evening ended with refreshments to celebrate the students' success with a cake sale by Year 7 students looking to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The final total raised was an amazing £175.