There were smiles all round as 55 top-achieving students at South Wolds Academy received their certificates at the annual awards evening at the Carriage Hall in Plumtree.
Three students were singled out for the Head Teacher’s and Chair of Governor’s awards for not only achieving academic excellence, but also contributing to the school and community.
Kendra Rabbitts received the Head Teacher’s Award for Key Stage 4 for achieving all A*s in her GCSE results, and for combining this with a whole range of interests and voluntary work, from chairing the School Council to volunteering at Rainbows.
She sings and plays the piano and organ, resulting in her receiving the Music Award from teacher Lizzie Bullard, who said: “Kendra is a natural musician and an active member of the music department outside of lessons. She has been a keen member of the choir and steel band – and is always ready and willing to help out in any way possible.”
Rebecca Wilkins won the Head Teacher’s Award for Key Stage 5, for combining her dedication to her studies with her work on the Sixth Form Committee.
Head teacher, Andrew George, said: “Rebecca was a force to be reckoned with on the Sixth Form Committee, raising funds for Nottingham Hospital, and playing a vital role in organising the end-of-year prom. Her smiley face, happy nature and diligence are very much missed and we wish her all the best in the future.”
Brinley Fone was awarded the Chair of Governor’s Award by vice-chair Brian Carr, for combining excellent academic achievement with his community work. Brinley gained brilliant AS results in five subjects and then followed this with A* A A, in Maths, Further Maths and Biology A levels respectively, becoming this year’s joint-top performing student in the school.
Brinley has a keen interest in football and even combined this with his mathematical ability, applying statistics to analyse the football transfer market and the effect luck has on football results.
Brian Carr said: “Brinley has shown that he is able to inspire others through his leadership and coaching, both at his local football club where he works as a referee and acts as a role model and mentor to younger players, and in school where he often explained his work and helped others with their understanding.”
Brinley’s younger brother, Carrick, also won an award for Business Studies, where he gained full marks for a controlled assessment and an overall A* GCSE grade.
Lydia Welham was the other joint-top performing student with Brinley Fone – both scoring A*, A A in their courses. Lydia is now studying French and Russian at Oxford and received the French award from teacher Miss Crawford.