Students’ success over the last year in all areas of school life was celebrated at Castle Rushen High School at its annual Awards Evening.
Head teacher Andrew Cole told parents, students, staff and guests that his fifth annual address represented a ‘very positive period in the life and history of Castle Rushen High School’.
He shared the school’s vision for its students, which he said was not about examination results, ensuring each student can tick boxes for our 6R dispositions, or even about students being happy and safe in school.
‘All of these things are important and they all contribute to success,’ he said.
But our students are individuals with unique needs, who need to make for themselves a path to success that is right for them.
‘So the vision for our students, which we all share, is that through their experiences in and beyond Castle Rushen High School they are enabled and empowered to be our future.’
For the third year running, CRHS A-level students were in the top two Department of Education and Children secondary schools for number of UCAS points achieved per student.
‘It was good to see so many happy and smiling faces on results day,’ he said.
Speaking about GCSE results, he said: ‘We were optimistic that school priority actions to support achievement in English and mathematics would have had the desired effect.
‘We were not disappointed, gaining for the second year running the best results in an Isle of Man high school for 5-plus A*-C grades (including English and mathematics).
Former student Angie Aire, chairman of the island branch of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, was invited back to present the prizes.
She said that despite not gaining top A-levels or a degree her life so far has been very fulfilling – and that good exam results are not the only path to success.
‘I have always tried to live my life to the fullest, and it has been incredibly fulfilling.
‘My reward has been the love of my family, the respect of friends and colleagues, and the knowledge that I have made a difference through my charitable work.’
Among the numerous prizes awarded on the night were:
The Sir Joseph and Lady Qualtrough Memorial Prize for best A-level certificates: Heather Allen and Kelly Firth.
The Sir Joseph and Lady Qualtrough Memorial Prize for Achievement at A-level and Senior Sportswoman of the Year: Laura Beggs.
Achievement at A-level, The Canada Life English Literature Prize, The Canada Life Senior Mathematics Prize, The A-Level History Prize: Jade Booth.
Achievement at A-level, The Nationwide Award for Business Studies: Matthew Gardner.
Achievement at A-level: Katie Gudgeon and Liam Dixon.
The Royal British Legion Trophy for Outstanding Certificates at AS Level, The Heather and David Bellinger Year 12 Maths Award: Sophie Waters.
Outstanding Certificates at AS Level, The PDMS Award for Outstanding Performance in Design Technology at AS Level: Jake Hewins.
Outstanding Certificates at AS Level: Eleanor Matthews, Alex Corlett, Seline Ismail-Sutton.
The Class of 59 Anniversary Award for Outstanding Achievement at GCSE, The Mr and Mrs J. P. Qualtrough Prize for Maths at GCSE, The John Holgate Eaton Memorial Prize for Chemistry, The Year 11 Student of the Year: Clare Harris.
The Head teacher’s Prize for Service to the School: Bethany Hall and Aaron Metcalfe.
Mrs Davis Prize for Continued Progress throughout their school career: Alice Briggs and Megan Quirk.
The Mr and Mrs W. O. Clague Prize for Service to the School, The Brian Garvey Memorial Prize for Outstanding Rugby Player of the Year, The Moore Cup for Sportsmanship, The Senior Sportsman of the Year: Fraser Veale.