News - Westwood College Awards Evening December 2014

Tom Brindley

Tom Brindley

On Tuesday 16 December 2014, Westwood College held its annual Awards Evening to celebrate the excellent progress made by students who completed courses in 2014.

Mandy Bennett, the Chair of Governors, welcomed a packed audience of ex-students, their families and teachers to the event and praised their efforts and achievements. She highlighted the special nature of the support and working relationships which have to come together to create the high levels of success enjoyed by students at Westwood.

The Headteacher, Richard Hey, welcomed the guest speaker, Sir Mark Worthington, an ex-student of Westwood College, who was recruited to the world of politics in the mid 1980’s. Having spent six years as a parliamentary aide, he left in 1992 to take up a position with the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and remained with her as her Private Secretary until her death. Mr Hey thanked Sir Mark Worthington for agreeing to speak at the event.

Mr Hey then gave an overview of the year, setting the achievements of the college in the context of both local and national events. For Year 13 in particular, results were strong with over 52% of the grades achieved being either A*, A or B. With many subjects performing even more highly, numerous students were able to progress to high tariff Higher Education courses in related fields. At a time when competition for Higher Education places at top universities remains intensely fierce, the vast majority of students enjoyed a smooth progression to a course of their choice, whatever the discipline. He told the students they had every right to be proud of their accomplishments.

Following the theme of The Centenary of WW1, there was a subsequent presentation given by the current generation of Westwood students. Ella Cope, Daniel Plant, Libby Nicholls, Matilda Casswell, Joe Priestman and George Curtis outlined some of their experiences during visits to Krakow and The Battlefields of WW1.

Sir Mark Worthington presented the certificates to the young people who had achieved such good examination results in the summer. Individual subject awards were presented in addition to overall awards;

Sixth Form Student of the Year: Tom Brindley

Governors’ Academic Achievement Award: Charles Eardley

Governors’ Progress Award: Catherine Nadin

The Jane Barr Memorial Award for Art and Textiles: Maddie Blatherwick-Plumb

Keele University “Learner of the Year Award”: Hayley Farrington

Maddie Blatherwick-Plumb

Maddie Blatherwick-Plumb

In his address, Sir Mark Worthington too praised the efforts of all of the school community. He was pleased to see the college making such a positive contribution to the outcomes for young people in Leek.

Having spent many years working in situations which have a national and international perspective, he was keen to point out the breadth and scope of the opportunities available to talented and well educated people. He praised the students for their successes and encouraged them not to limit their aspirations.






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