Wednesday, 10 August 2022

GCSE students return for prize-giving

NINETY former students of Langtree School in Woodcote returned for a prize-giving ceremony last week.

NINETY former students of Langtree School in Woodcote returned for a prize-giving ceremony last week.

The teenagers, who sat their GCSEs at the academy school in Reading Road in the summer, each received a certificate and there were trophies for the top performers.

Before the ceremony current year 11 pupil Katie Cole performed Estelle’s

American Boy
on acoustic guitar.

Headteacher Rick Holroyd  introduced guest speaker Professor Andy Kempe, a former colleague who now teaches drama at the University of Reading.

After his half-hour address, Prof Kempe presented the prizes.

The winners were Ruth Buckley (Bartle Award for design and technology), Charlotte Clark (Wayne Pink Shield for sportsmanship), Sam Beaumont (Beth Lloyd Trophy for PE), Christian Gittings (Performing Arts Award), Emily Shepherd (Sam Peates Award for history) and Lucy Cheng (Mathematics Award).

Jeremy Stevens won the BP Award for resistant materials after making a chess table in pine and iroko while Ashley Smith won the Endeavour Award.

Senior student leaders Emily Shepherd and Michael Mattimore were commended for their contributions to school life.

The Headteacher’s Award for consistently high GCSE achievement went to Lucy Cheng, Steffan Moore, Emily Shepherd, Ruth Buckley and Livi Nelson. After the ceremony, the pupils enjoyed a drinks reception with staff and parents.

Eighty per cent of this year’s GCSE students scored at least five A* to C grades (71 per cent including English and maths).

Mr Holroyd said: “It was a lovely evening and it was encouraging to see so many pupils from across the academic spectrum attending.

“Professor Kempe gave a very apposite talk on how, in the 21st century, the students were likely to work in multiple careers throughout their lives and might one day take on jobs that are yet to be invented.

“It was wonderful to see the students again as well as meeting their parents and older siblings who’ve been through the school.”

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