Our annual Awards Evening took place on Monday 18th December in St. Anne’s Hall with Guest of Honour, football legend, Kevin Ball.

Kevin joins a long list of celebrities, including Jeff Stelling, Jonny Wilkinson and the late Ronnie Corbett, who have supported the event since the very first back in 1981.

The awards evening is held to recognise the achievement of pupils from both lower school and sixth form over the previous academic year.

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The first set of awards to be distributed were for student’s achievement within individual subjects in the previous school year.  These students were in KS4 (Year 11) and sat their GCSE’s in the summer of 2017.  Since then most have gone onto further their education in Sixth Form or started apprenticeships.  Picture Right: Teigan Bujnowski with her KS4 Award for Geography


These awards were closely followed by the KS5 (Sixth Form) subject achievement awards.  Although all of them had played their part in achieving our best ever sixth form results in 2017, we could only select one from each subject. We were thrilled that most of the winners managed to make their way from University to collect their awards and be with us on the evening.



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Awards were also granted to students who excelled in Music and Sport in extra curricular activities, Public Speaking, and to students who made a significant contribution to their House.

A trophy was given for Outstanding Attendance, with Year 13 student Alice Relton picking up an award for 6 years 100% Attendance, which adds her to an extremely small list of students that can boast such a triumph.

Then came a plethora of students who have received National Recognition in their chosen fields.  The list included Athletics, Dance, Cheerleading, Swimming, Karate and Trampolining.

Mr McMahon explained the fabulous achievements made by the students so far in their short careers which were quite incredible.  They are definitely names to remember for the future.

Picture Left: Anjalee Dhaliwal who received her award for National Recognition in Karate.

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The next category rewarded students who had achieved excellent individual academic results in the summer of 2017.

At GCSE there were many phenomenal individual performances. Czarnelle Martin secured 2 grade 9’s, a grade 8, 5 A*’s and 2 A’s. Paul Lee gained a grade 9, 6 A*’s, a grade A and 2 grade 6’s.

At A Level the proportion of grades at A*/B was 64% which is well above the previous college record of 55% set in 2008. The top performing student was Anna Strickland who secured A* grades in Geography, English Language and French. Calum White was the highest attaining boy, securing A* grades in Chemistry and Maths and an A grade in Physics.

All received awards on the night with four other students scooping prizes whose individual results weren’t far behind the students mentioned above.

Pictured Right: Paul Lee with his award as Top Performing Boy at GCSE.


Next came the most prestigious set of awards.  This selection of ‘Special Awards’ are awarded to students who have ‘gone the extra mile’ in their time at EMS.  These students give their time to contribute to the life of the school, whether this is as Head Boy or Head Girl, or by generally getting involved with making EMS the best it can be for all students.

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The highest ranking of them all is The John Bell Cup.  This is presented annually to a student who is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the life of the school during their time as a student.  This year’s winner was Georgia Lennon. (Pictured Right)

Georgia, now studying at Laine Theatre Arts in London, completed her 7 year journey at EMS in the summer of 2017 and achieved excellent results in both her GCSE and A Level exams along the way.

Blessed with an incredible voice, Georgia performed at most events throughout her time and also took the lead role in many of our annual musicals.  Her shining performance was as Mother Superior in The Sound of Music where she stunned audiences with her rendition of Climb Every Mountain.

She supported the music department in all they do and even took on the role of conducting and working with EMS Youth Voices, our starter choir before making your way into the Chamber Choir.

Georgia is a very talented, grounded young lady and a worthy winner.


Awards Night 2017 (94)The final award of the evening, The Chairman’s Award, is awarded to a former student who, since leaving EMS has achieved significantly in their chosen field.

The prize this year was awarded to Daniel Cook who is Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral and is recognised internationally as a liturgical and concert organist of the highest order.  In addition he is Artistic Director of Mousai, Curator of JAM on the Marsh, and maintains a busy schedule of recitals, concerts and recordings, both as performer and producer, as well as being in demand as a conductor, teacher and singer.

After receiving his award, he spoke and told the packed St. Anne’s Hall of his time at EMS and in particular, the story of his Careers interview where he explained he wanted to do the above job and said he would never stop chasing the dream.  This was followed by a performance on the Piano.



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With the distribution of awards complete our guest of honour, Kevin Ball, took to the microphone to speak to the award winners.  He congratulated them on their achievements and spoke of his early footballing days when he was told he wasn’t good enough and how he used this negativity to work even harder to achieve his goal.

This was followed by a vote of thanks by Head Student, Sarah McKie who invited Deputy Head Students, Will Sutherland and Alice Relton, to present Kevin with a cheque for £1000 which is to be donated to his chosen charities If U Care Share Foundation and NETA, the North East Trust for Aphasia.  This was accompanied by a digital portrait created by Mr. Carless.

Mr McMahon, Deputy Headteacher, who organized this year’s event said: “The awards evening is always a special event in the busy school calendar where we get to highlight the notable successes of our wonderful and talented students.”


These sentiments were echoed by Mr. Stephen Hammond, Head Teacher, who said: “Even though there cannot be an award for all of our students they all deserve recognition for their achievements in the last 12 months.”

“They are the beating heart of our school community and it’s their fantastic attitude to school life that makes us strive to be the best we can be.”

All the photos of the evening are in the Gallery now and you can see all the award winners in the Program