Thamesmead students who left in July this year, were reunited at school on Thursday 9th November as they picked up their GCSE certificates and Special Awards for 2017.
Former Headteacher, Peter Rodin also returned to present the awards along with Sandy Baars, representing the school governors.
Among the Special Awards were the Army Careers and Andrews Cup for Sports, won by Jacob Amyatt-Leir and Alexandra Kerr, the Mayor’s Cup for Contribution to Music in the Community, won by Molly Doyle, who also performed and the Hancock Cup for Services to the School, won by Charlotte Keeley. Academic trophies for Science, Languages, History and Technology were awarded to Jamie Stewart, Amelia Gomez, Emily Brown and Eliza Culley. Other award winners were Freddie James, Tanith Stewart, Katie Lawrence, Maisie Ludlow, Jade Ruysseveldt, Adam Gibson Laura Jennings and Callum Taylor.
The final two awards of the evening were the ‘No Matter What Cup’ presented to Evie Barrell- Mitchell who had overcome considerable difficulties in her final year at Thamesmead, but persevered to achieve excellent results and also the Lloyd Cup for Academic Achievement awarded to Jamie Stewart who achieved the highest grades it was possible to gain in every GCSE exam that he took (grade 9 in English Language, Literature and Maths, A* in all of his other subjects and an A in Additional Maths).
Overall 90% of students achieved a pass grade in the new style English exams and 83% in Maths, with 80% passing both exams. Indeed their success extended across the curriculum with 85% achieving passes in at least two Sciences and over 90% of entries in Music, Drama and Art.
Our new Headteacher, Mr Phil Reeves congratulated all of the winners and the evening concluded with fantastic presentation of photos from the recent school World Challenge trip to Sri Lanka, where the students had helped with buildings for a small school there. The students were also treated to a viewing of their Prom and Leaver’s Day photographs.