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Castle Manor Academy students return to celebrate success




India Bavester collecting her certificates at the Castle Manor Academy Celebration of Achievement Awards. Next to India is an example of her textiles work. ANL-150212-150945001
India Bavester collecting her certificates at the Castle Manor Academy Celebration of Achievement Awards. Next to India is an example of her textiles work. ANL-150212-150945001

Castle Manor Academy students that graduated from year 11 and 13 returned for their Celebration of Achievement evening last week.

The annual event brings students, past and present, together to celebrate their qualifications and receive the coveted Castle Manor Academy Awards.

Many students came back from their university and college courses especially to collect awards and catch up with friends and teachers.

Students were awarded, not only for their academic achievements, but also for their efforts in the wider community where commitment, passion and drive were demonstrated to bring about positive change for others.

These awards covered mentor awards for work done in primary schools through to involvement with charity work. Some top sporting accolades were also awarded, demonstrating what a wealth of experiences our students left with in the summer.

Every returning student was called to the stage to collect their certificates before subject specific prizes were awarded and the coveted Castle Manor Academy Awards were presented.

Guests shared a summary of each winner’s accolades before presenting the individual trophies.

The evening began with a musical welcome from one of the Academy’s resident bands, the Ukuladies. Special guests from Castle Manor’s past joined with current VIPs to be treated to canapés produced by catering students. In the Dining Hall another band, the Elastic Band, wowed the crowds before they took their seats for the main awards ceremony.

The evening provided an excellent showcase of the Academy’s ethos and values, supporting and encouraging lifelong learning improving the life chances of all pupils ensuring they leave Castle Manor Academy as truly PROUD young adults.

Head of School, Vanessa Whitcombe, said “This is a wonderful part of our calendar each year.

“It is amazing to see how much our young people have grown in such a short space when they return to collect awards. It is a real privilege for myself and my staff to join our former students in celebrating their success.”



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