Over 40 pupils were delighted to pick up awards at The Hurst Community College's annual prize-giving celebration last Thursday evening.
The former Year 11 pupils were recognised for their sporting and academic achievements with prizes generously sponsored by local individuals and organisations, including The Loddon Valley Lions, AWE, Baughurst Parish Council and Tadley Chamber of Trade.
Headteacher, Roger Jones, began the evening with a review of the cohort's successes. Of the 240 pupils in the year group, a stunning 93% had achieved A* to C grades in GCSE English Language, contributing to a very pleasing 69% gaining 5 or more GCSEs at A* to C including English and Mathematics. He also praised the pupils for their role as key ambassadors for the school when Ofsted visited last May and graded the college as 'Good'.
Following this, former Head Girl, Rebecca Halil, addressed her peers, emphasising how strongly she felt they had benefitted from the sense of community at The Hurst. Rebecca later picked up the Gwen Richards English Language Trophy.
Appropriately enough, the prizes were awarded by former headteacher, Malcolm Christian, who retired at the same time as the year group left. In his warmly received address, Malcolm reflected on the significant changes within education that have happened in a relatively short space of time, and reiterated how important hard-work and good people-skills are for success in later life.
Mr Jones commented, "This evening was a fitting celebration of the achievements of a wonderful set of young people. I'm particularly delighted that Mr Christian could join us for the evening as the year group always had enormous respect for him." He was equally confident that future year groups would emulate the success of the class of 2015 as The Hurst goes from strength to strength.