We were delighted to host our annual Lower School Awards and Pastoral Celebration Evening recently. The evening provides an opportunity to celebrate academic and personal achievements of students for the year 2016-17. College Awards were given to recognise effort, attendance, participation and positive attitude; key qualities that Alsager School encourages in all its students. Academic and Subject Awards were also awarded to pupils from years 7–9. These subject winners had been nominated out of 700 plus students.
Mr Middlebrook congratulated all the award winners encouraging them to be proud of their achievements. Guests of honour were Andrew Bennett, Governor, and former student, and now Maths teacher, Otto Warman. This year the school were delighted to once again present the ‘Katy Wright Science Bursary’ which has been kindly donated by the Wright family in memory of their daughter Katy, a former student and subsequent teacher who unfortunately died from a rare form of cancer at an early age. In her memory, her parents wanted to recognise the achievement of an outstanding scientist from the Sixth Form, not only this year but also for years to come, hoping that it will inspire young people to pursue a career in Science or Maths. The award was presented to Toni Moran now studying Biology at Keele University.
As well as subject awards, there were Progress and Governor’s Awards, which recognised students who have achieved highly, shown an ability to juggle personal commitments with academic ones or who through sheer hard work and determination have beaten the odds to succeed. The Governor’s Award winner was Megan Preston for outstanding academic achievement. Megan is due to study Medicine at Queen Mary University London after a GAP year travelling to Senegal. The Headteacher’s award for outstanding progress was given to Alice Woodward who worked hard to achieve excellent results. The Director of Sixth Form Awards for outstanding contribution to the school went to James Smith, who was an integral member of the Sixth Form Leadership team and raised a significant amount of money for charity during his time in the Sixth Form. James is studying Dentistry at the University of Sheffield.
Mr Middlebrook said: “Evenings such as this are a real highlight of the school year. It is always a pleasure and a privilege to celebrate our students’ achievements with their families. I would like to congratulate all our award winners and wish them every success for the future”.