Tottington High School held its Year 11 Celebration of Excellence Awards Evening on Thursday 12th November at school. In attendance were guest speaker Colonel Mike Glover, Regimental Secretary for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Curator of the Fusilier Collections, Madam Mayor Stella Smith and Mayor’s Consort Mr John Smith. Also present were ex-staff, staff, governors, Year 11 students from 2014-15, as well as their parents and relatives.

The evening celebrated the success of last year’s Year 11 cohort who left Tottington High School in the Summer with a great set of academic results. Awards were presented not only for academic performance but also for qualities of attendance, community service, care for fellow students, commitment to extra-curricular activities and so on.

The audience were treated to outstanding musical and oratory performances by current students.
Mr. Duffy, Headteacher stated, “The evening is about recognising the efforts of our Year 11 students, and also acknowledge that any success achieved is usually done with the help of a team of people, notably the great support and guidance given here at school by our dedicated staff and at home by supportive loving families.”

Mr. Duffy, in his presentation speech, took the audience through the highlights of the 2014-15 academic year, of which there were many, both inside and outside of the classroom and school. He thanked staff and parents for their continued support for the young people of the school and commented on the high level of professional and personal commitment shown by staff often going ‘above and beyond’ what is expected.

Colonel Glover gave an interesting speech on the role of the Army Cadets as well as recounting some of the stories of bravery during WW1 of local soldiers. He challenged the young people present to be brave in their lives and to have the courage to ‘make their mark’ in society.

Head Boy Sam Armstead and Head Girl Milly Upton presented special guests with gifts of appreciation and the final prestigious award, the Governors’ Silver Medal for outstanding contribution to school life went to Emily Shimmons who left in the summer.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.