24th September 2014

The Annual Senior Prize Giving for Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School has taken place, and proved to be a busy affair for all concerned – not least the Head teacher Debra Liddicoat who was not only celebrating her birthday, but was leading the school through an OFSTED inspection.

“24 hours ago, I received the call that Ofsted would be with us from this morning, and here we all are tonight celebrating the achievements of our students before another very busy day of teaching, learning and inspection tomorrow.” She said, before highlighting the considerable successes of the school. “We have beaten the national downturn by continuing to improve our A-level results, with a very high number going on to the very best universities – showing how these qualifications are very much still the gold standard in learning. I know how hard each one of you has worked, and let no-one tell you that A-levels are not hard work. You all know better.”

Along with prizes for Sport, extra-curricular activities and academic achievement, some students were also awarded for their contributions to school life and in helping to build a strong community.

The guest speaker this year was Louise Ferns from Great Ormond Street Hospital. Not only did she thank staff and students for their efforts in fund raising, but also took a good deal of time to talk about her impressions of the young people in the school.

“The care everyone has for others here and the courtesy that everyone shows to one another as I walk around is an absolute joy to behold. I am so glad that this school has done so much to help us,and we look forward to continuing to work with you.”

Along with the speeches, students performed a number of musical pieces throughout the evening.

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