y11awardwinnersThe achievements of Rhyddings’ recent Y11 leavers were celebrated at our annual awards ceremony at the Hope Centre, Oswaldtwistle, last week.

They were presented with their GCSE certificates, as well as some special awards for the highest achievers and most dedicated students.

In the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, Headteacher Paul Trickett’s speech focused on the themes of the French motto ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’ (freedom, equality and brotherhood) and how these are key principles on which to base our lives.

Guest speaker Marc Smith, a former Rhyddings student and now head of Year 10 at Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley, spoke to the students about the positive effect that attending Rhyddings had on his and his classmates’ careers.

He told the students: “Rhyddings gave me the best possible platform to succeed I could have asked for, it made me well rounded, well-educated and well prepared for what was to come and I hope that you all feel the same.

“In the future, I would enjoy nothing more than returning to my own school and community to work with the next generation of Rhyddings pupils. It would make me incredibly happy to introduce one of you as a guest speaker here in ten years’ time.”

Also shown was a short film by former Rhyddings student Paul Sparkes, co-owner of local media company Shooters Media. The film comprised of key clips of sporting, political and cultural events that happened whilst the students were at school, ending with the message ‘what comes next is up to you…’.

Special trophies were awarded to Lucy Fox, for her outstanding effort during her five years at school, Sarah Rothwell for outstanding academic achievement in her GCSEs, Mwitumwa Mukelabai for her service to the school, Amy Kershaw for her commitment to extra-curricular activities and Anthony Gibson for achieving well beyond expectations.