School celebrates a ‘stunning, wonderful’ year

Pictured at the presentation evening are, from the left, Samuel Johnston, Isaac Davy-Day, Kelly Holmes, Cara Heys and Grace Parker
Pictured at the presentation evening are, from the left, Samuel Johnston, Isaac Davy-Day, Kelly Holmes, Cara Heys and Grace Parker

THE achievements of students past and present were celebrated at Todmorden High School’s annual presentation evening.

Students who took their GCSE and A-level exams last summer gathered at Todmorden Town Hall to receive their certificates and a number of special awards.

During her speech, headteacher Helen Plaice praised their accomplishments in what had been a record-breaking year.

GCSE pupils achieved the school’s highest ever number of A and A* grades.

A-level students had a 99 per cent pass rate and 71 per cent of the grades were A*-C.

“We were second only to the two selective grammar schools in Calderdale.

“That’s an absolutely stunning statistic,” she said.

There was particular praise for the A-level students.

“We knew when this year group started in year 12 that it was going to be a good year group because they had done really well at GCSE.

“But what we didn’t know was that they would beat all records for the school and some for the local authority,” she said.

“We came in the top five per cent of schools nationally for the progress this cohort of students have made.

“You have absolutely shone a spotlight on how well students at Todmorden have achieved.

“You made a spectacular success of your time at Todmorden High School and we look forward to hearing about your success in the future.”

She also highlighted the contributions made outside of lessons, working together as a community for the good of both the school and the town as a whole.

Reflecting on the past 12 months, she said: “To have this cohort as my first year as headteacher was wonderful and I will never forget that.”

Award winners on the night included Sam Johnston, who received the Jack Bednall memorial award for art.

Rebecca Gibson won the Hudson Trophy for outstanding performance in humanities.

April Micallef was presented with the Rotary Award for service above self.

The words and pictures achievement in English award went to Cara Heys.

Freya Ryder received the Hilary Myers care for the environment award.