A prestigious achievement award has been won by The Weald School during a prize-giving event where a TV star entertained the masses.
The sports hall in Station Road, Billingshurst, was packed with more than 750 students, parents, staff and guests last week to celebrate the annual Gold Awards event.
This is the main prize-giving event for the school, where students are recognised and rewarded for effort, achievement and wider contributions throughout the academic year.
A highlight of the event was the School being awarded a prestigious SSAT Achievement Award, which placed the school in the top ten per cent of non-selective schools nationally, for students achieving five or more A*-A grades at GCSE in 2011.
Headteacher Peter Woodman said the theme for the evening was about what students had done to make them feel proud.
“We were able to illustrate this with a whole host of achievements, both in and outside of the classroom,” he explained. “On the evening itself most students were simply hugely proud to have received a Gold Award, and parents and families shared this as they watched them receive it.’’
Chair of governors Graham Parr introduced the evening and the guest speaker was Steve Wilson, the BBC football and Match of the Day commentator.
Steve was the commentator on the Portugal versus Spain semi-final match.
He entertained the audience with a number of stories and anecdotes of his time as a radio broadcaster and commentator, which has included some challenging interviews with Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Rednapp.
Year nine pupil Matthew Hards who received a Gold Award for effort in four subjects thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment .
“It was great to have your effort over the last year recognised in front of friends and family,” Matthew said. “As a keen footballer I really enjoyed listening to our guest speaker, Steve Wilson.”
Head girl, Charlotte Hards, received a Gold Award for effort in four AS subjects, along with the Renton Trophy for achievement in PE.
She said: “Although I am in Year 12 and have been to Gold Awards before, I still get a real buzz from the evening.
“It’s a wonderful community event and although it’s great to receive a prize yourself, it is also really special seeing your friends being acknowledged for their hard work.”