2014 is the year which will be going down in the Harrow Way record books and the achievements of all those students who contributed to this success were recognised this week at the school’s annual Presentation Evening.
Former students and proud families joined teachers, Governors and special guests for the event which celebrated academic excellence, exceptional effort and personal achievement.
Headteacher Michael Serridge opened proceedings with the words: “I want to start by saying thank you to everyone because 2013-2014 has been a wonderful year for Harrow Way Community School. Last year’s GCSE results were simply fantastic. 63% achieved 5A*-C grades including English and Maths. There were also some stunning individual and department results. These were the best set of results in Harrow Way’s history and 13% higher than any other Andover school! This also comes on the back of our Ofsted judgement of good in all areas in July 2013.”
“This Year group had the best attitude to learning we have seen from a Year 11 for some time. I hope you agree that when people work together, share the same ideals and believe passionately in the contribution that education can make to life chances of young people we can do amazing things.”
Guest of honour for the evening was James Ketchell, serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. In 2007, a serious motorcycle accident left James with broken legs and a severely broken and dislocated ankle and the prognosis that he was likely to suffer a permanent walking impairment and would certainly not be able to enjoy an active physical lifestyle.
James responded to this challenge with dogged determination and in 2010 he rowed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2011, he reached the summit of Mount Everest and in 2013 he embarked on an 18,000 mile unsupported global cycle, through 20 countries and cycling on average 100 miles a day.
With these achievements James was the ideal person to inspire the students to continue striving for success. Commenting on the evening he said: “Speaking at Harrow Way’s Presentation Evening was absolutely fantastic, I was made to feel very welcome, and left feeling inspired by the pupils themselves. I wish all of the Year 11 pupils the best of luck, as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.”
The Presentation Evening provides Harrow Way teachers with the opportunity to nominate and recognise individual students for each of the curriculum subjects. Those who had achieved academic excellence were celebrated, as were students who demonstrated persistence, dedication and effort.
A very special part of the evening is the trophy presentation, the winners of which are always a closely guarded secret and names revealed on the night were:
The Rotary Prize – presented to Martyn Craggs
Donated by The Rotary Club of Andover and presented by President Elect, Mr Richard Akister, for Community Vocational Service ‘Service Above Self’.
The Library Prize – presented to Jake Baugh
Plate donated by Jo Ray, School Librarian 1995-2001, for outstanding contribution to the Library.
The Darling Cup – presented to Maya Loaiza
In Memory of Richard Darling, for outstanding contribution to Music
The Chris Overton Cup – presented to Robbie Taylor
Prize donated by Chris Overton, former Headteacher, for Sporting Achievement
The ‘Le Creuset’ Cup – presented to Summer Williams
Prize donated by Le Creuset, for outstanding performance in Catering
The Chris Overton Shield – presented to Ben Riley
Prize donated by Chris Overton, former Headteacher, for Performing Arts
The Veale/Scicluna Shield – presented to Ellie Thomas
Shield donated by former English Teachers, Margaret Veale and John Scicluna, for excellence in English and Media
The Harrow Way Communications Trophy – presented to Rahul Jagarlapudi
Trophy donated by Owen Paterson, for outstanding contribution to ICT
The Office Depot Shield – presented to Mark Todd
Shield donated by Office Depot, for outstanding contribution and achievement in Mathematics and Computing
The Will Dyke Cup – presented to Abbey Pearson
Cup donated by John Tacey, former Vice-chair of Governors, presented by Brian Dyke for Exceptional Contribution to School Life
The Burbidge Shield – presented to Rebecca Thorne
Shield donated by Becky Burbidge, former Chair of Governors, presented by Archie Burbidge for Community Spirit
The Harrow Way Shield – presented to Liberty Pellington-Brown
For Outstanding Personal Achievement
The Harrow Way Cup presented to Jade Goddard
The Best All-rounder
The Anne King Shield – presented to Rahul Jagarlapudi
The Highest Academic Achiever
Presentations to Head Boy and Head Girl 2012-2013
Mark Todd and Abbey Pearson
A number of local organisations and companies supported Harrow Way’s Presentation Evening including The Rotary Club of Andover and Andover Town Twinning Association.
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.