FORMER pupils of Gillotts School in Henley returned to receive special achievement awards.
They were also celebrating a record year for GCSE results. Of the 185 pupils who sat exams last summer, 94 per cent achieved five or more passes at grades A* to C, beating the previous year’s performance by 10 per cent.
Seventy-two per cent of pupils achieved grades A* to C including English and maths, a seven per cent rise on last year and a school record. More than 100 teenagers and their parents attended the evening ceremony where more than 60 awards were presented by Olympic rowing double silver medallist Debbie Flood.
Deputy headteacher Elsa Torres said: “The awards were about academic and personal excellence — we’re so proud of the students as individuals.”
She singled out Sarah Church, who achieved eight A* grades, and Hannah Franklin, who performed well in her exams despite suffering emotional and health difficulties. Ms Torres added: “Hannah’s perseverance and determination enabled her to achieve her potential. That makes her a brilliant role model to young people in the school community.”
Flood, who addressed the students, said: “I spoke about working hard and aspiring to be the best — they were all there because they’ve worked hard and achieved something.
“Life is not easy and there are ups and downs but if you persevere with whatever it is you’re doing, whether it’s sport or in a subject or a job, you will succeed. I told them to be bold.”