News - Certificate Awards Evening


Receiving the Jane Barr Memorial Award

Westwood College

held its annual Certificate Evening, in the Old Hall, on Thursday January 5th, 2012.

The Chair of Governors, Mandy Bennett, started the event by welcoming the guest speaker, Gillian Howland, the former Senior Pro Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University. Ms Bennett thanked Ms Howland for agreeing to speak at the event.

Mr Hamilton, Head teacher of Westwood College, then spoke. He expressed the opinion that the College had had another outstanding year. It had continued to improve its examination results, developed its community links even further, as a Specialist Arts and Languages College, and consolidated its work as a centre of creative excellence. He praised the staff, parents and students for their hard work in continuing to push forward the constant improvements that the College has undergone over the last few years. He told the students who were receiving their awards that they should be very proud of their accomplishments.Mr Hamilton was confident that the College would continue the superb work of the last few years.

Ms Howland then presented the certificates that the young people studying at the College had earned, by having high aspirations and working hard to achieve them. In her speech Ms Howland too praised the efforts of all of the school community. She was pleased that the College is making such a difference to all of the young people of the town’s life chances.  Ms Howland noted that the College had developed very strong links with other schools in the town and was encouraged by this development as it placed these schools at the centre of educational transformation, in line with current government policy about chains of schools working together to improve the life chances of all youngsters. She was also encouraged to note that Westwood College was continuing to develop its international links, with China and Africa in particular, at a time when global events are of such importance to us all.

In summary, Richard Hey, Deputy Head teacher, echoed Ms Howland’s sentiments and agreed that it was most encouraging to see the college making such a positive contribution to the local and global community. He was pleased to see such significant improvements in performance and set this in the context of the constant improvement that the college has undergone since its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspections – an ‘Outstanding’ from the full inspection of 2007 and an ‘Outstanding’ inspection of leadership in 2008.

He praised staff, students and parents for their efforts. He also praised the inclusive nature of the school as it seeks to educate all of the young people in its catchment area.

Like Mr Hamilton he looked forward to further significant improvements in 2012.

Individual Awards:-

Governors Academic  Achievement Award – Daniel Brookes

Governors Most Progress Award – James Gibson

Sixth Form Student of the Year Winner – Amy Byrne

Jane Barr Memorial Award – Ben Butterworth and Theodora Burden.

The Subject Award Winners Were:- 

Emily Tabernor
Business Studies
Stephanie Walthall
Design Technology
Rosie Mayer
Jessica Hill
Jade Podmore
Extended Project
Michelle Riley
Health and Social Care
Jennifer Morrall
Michelle Riley
Declan Tabernor
Daniel Brookes
Maisie Hesketh
Modern Foreign Languages
Laura Hurst
Samuel Parker
Physical Education
Eloise Boden
Hannah Rowley
Religious Education
Esther Bryan
Jo Collins
Josh Mart

The Tutor Award Winners Were:-

Emily Tabernor
Emma Champ
Dan Brookes
Amber Woolliscroft
Amy Byrne
Jo Collins
Francesca Roberts
Simon Morrall
Daniel Trueman
Emily Harley-O’Neill
Eleanor Ship
Zach Parr
Antonia Harrison
Edward Boulton
Georgina Lowles
Sam Parker
Phillipa Collier
Jessica Biddulph
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