Student success at awards ceremony

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The successes of more than 150 students at The Ripley Academy were celebrated at an awards ceremony.

Students from Year 7 to 13, staff, parents and carers attended the event held at The Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick.

As well as honours for individual subjects, a host of special awards were also handed out.

These included the Principal’s Commendation which went to George Curtis, 18, Overall GCSE Performance which was given to Amie Smith, 16, and the Prize for Highest AS Level Results which was awarded to Dominic Currins, 17.

Principal Carey Ayres welcomed everyone to the event.

She said: “It is the first celebration of achievement for The Ripley Academy and it has been 12 months of significant change, we have successfully been through the academy conversion process and are very lucky to have been chosen to be a member of the East Midlands Education Trust.

“It is very exciting to be part of The Ripley Academy at this time and my vision is quite simple, I want to provide our students with the best possible educational experience.

“It doesn’t matter where you are from or your background, if you are willing to work hard and be the best version of yourself you will achieve your full potential.”

Margaret Powis, chairman of governors, told the audience how proud she was to be involved with The Ripley Academy.

She said: “I try to get into school as often as I can and I have to say I feel very proud whenever I go, the children are very polite and look fantastically smart. It is tremendously exciting that we are part of this new educational trust and the future for The Ripley Academy looks very rosy.”

Rob McDonough, chief executive officer of the East Midlands Education Trust, also gave a speech.

He said: “I’ve come to see at first-hand how hard working and committed the teachers are and all of the staff want to do the best for the young people in their charge. There is a dedicated senior leadership team and an extremely talented Principal.

“Every time I visit the academy I am impressed by the politeness and good manners shown by the students. The Ripley Academy has changed its ethos, we are all working together to ensure that the young people can fully realise or even exceed their potential.”