Former Head Girl & Farming Today Host Presents Prizes 03.10.18

Loughborough High School celebrated the success and achievements of the senior students at the recent Senior Prize Giving Ceremony.

We were lucky enough to have former Head Girl, Charlotte Smith, now a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and BBC Countryfile present the prizes and certificates and speak to our students, parents and guests.

Among our other distinguished guests was Michael Kapur Esq OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of
Leicestershire, Mr Ozzy O’Shea, the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council and his wife Jenny and the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Christine Harris. We also welcomed prize donors and many former staff who had taught Charlotte and were keen to hear her speak.

New Chair of the Loughborough High School Governors, Professor Ketley opened the evening’s ceremony, giving an overview of what was happening at LHS and within the Foundation, followed by Mrs Byrom who reflected on the year at school with presentations from the students, giving us an insight into taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Combined Cadet Force. we also enjoyed a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria by Zoltán Kodály from the Cantilena Choir.

This year the exam results were exceptional and Charlotte took the time to speak to and congratulate every recipient of a certificate or prize when they arrived on the platform to receive them. Eight students in year 10 received either an Academic or Merit Prize for their work during the year and the Salisbury cup and for the most improved player and the Stagg cup for good work in athletics were also awarded to two year ten students.

Whilst all year 11  students received their GCSE certificates, twenty-two prizes or cups were also awarded to individual students who had excelled in a subject along with Merit and Academic prizes. No less than eighteen students were awarded the TH Simpson Trophy for Excellent Work in year 11 and seven students received the GCSE Award for Exceptional Academic Performance, having achieved at least 10 A* or grade 9 in their exams.

Not all of our leavers for m Year 13 could be with us due to having already commenced their University courses, but most were and we celebrated their excellent A Level results. Twenty three subject prizes or cups were awarded, four merit prizes and twelve Deane Prizes. We also gave several special awards for individual contributions to subjects or the life of the school and individual prizes for service to the school to the outgoing Deputy Head Girls and Head Girl.

Staunch feminist Charlotte, who once took on the BBC after being axed for ‘not being young or pretty enough’, gave a very entertaining speech, sharing her memories of school and subsequent career, but her advice to year 13 was invaluable – to know their worth and to be brave. A fitting end to the ceremony before we all sang the school hymn.

Students, families and staff all enjoyed a buffet supper afterwards and a chance to meet up with guests and for some to say goodbye to LHS before their imminent journey to University and other chosen career paths.

September 2018