GCSE Awards Ceremony November 2016

Posted on: November 15th 2016School Events +1 More Achievements

The annual Awards Ceremony for our ex Year 11s took place on Thursday 10th November 2016 and was once again a wonderful celebration of our students’ achievements. All students were presented with their GCSE certificates, followed by presentations of subject prizes and special awards.

Alys Gilbert was presented with the Cup for Outstanding Academic Achievement for her 7 A*s, 2 As, 1 distinction* and a B; Kate Hester received the Cup for Outstanding Academic Progress for making at least 4 levels of progress in all her subject areas and Katie Carling was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Trophy for her hard work, care, kindness and resilient attitude to her significant health issues throughout her time at Broadwater. There is a full list of prize winners here

We are very proud of all our students who as a year group showed improved results this year with our A*- C pass rate rising to 66% and more students gaining higher grade passes.  There was a 15% increase in the number of students gaining A*/A grades and 58% of all students gained at least one of these top grades. 

The guest speaker was Sophie Brown, a former student of Broadwater who is now Head of Marketing and Brand Development at WeFiFo.  Sophie gave a very honest, entertaining and motivational talk about how she had achieved her goals, despite not having had the most promising start. Sophie showed much empathy for our students who are starting on the next phase of their lives and her talk emphasised that the right attitude can get you a long way.

Sophie concluded, “If you make a decision, set a goal and work towards it. You will achieve. Maybe not instantly, and maybe not easily – but if you want something; it is absolutely possible. Be brave, be brilliant. Work hard.” You can read Sophie’s full speech here.

We were treated to two musical performances on the evening from Jacob Griffiss on the piano and William Rowling on the xylophone. The final presentation of the evening was a gift to Graham Hodgson, who has recently retired as Chair of Governors after many years of service to the school.

Many parents, staff and students stayed on for refreshments at the end of the event. We were delighted to see our former students and to hear about their life after Broadwater. We wish them all the best for the future.