Buckler’s Mead Academy’s class of 2017 returned to collect their GCSE certificates last week. The annual event is a celebration of the achievements of students who have left Year 11.
The evening was an opportunity for students, parents and teachers to join together and celebrate success. Amongst the certificates there were 6 Special Awards that highlighted individual success from Academic achievement, Effort, Determination to succeed and contribution to the life of the academy. The Academy also took the opportunity to celebrate the life of Mandy Perkins who sadly passed away during the summer. Her family were invited to the academy to present a new award in her honour the ‘My Lovely’ award was presented to Kobe Medlin to acknowledge the kindness and caring attitude that he displayed throughout his time at Buckler’s Mead.
Amongst the winners this year were:
Chris Collins Cup for Academic Achievement – Sian Dennett
Keith Richmond Cup for Girls’ Contribution – Jessica Surrey
Len Knight Cup – for Boys’ Contribution – Niall Ring
Dennis Bagnall Cup for Academic Effort – Joseph Kirkpatrick
Ashford McKenzie Cup for Determination to Succeed– Jake Bishop
The Gulliver Music Award – Nikki Vellacott
Mrs Stevens, Class of 2017 Year Coordinator, led a fantastic evening together with the Tutors, reminiscing the highs of the 5 years the students spent within the Academy. Tutors commented on how rewarding it is to welcome students back to the academy and hear about the next phase of their lives beyond Buckler’s Mead.
Mark Lawrence, Deputy Headteacher said “This is always a fantastic evening, it is great to see the students return to collect their certificates and awards and to have the opportunity to once again wish them well for the future. It is special for the teachers to hear the stories of what the students have moved onto next”.