Although it seems like a long time ago now, just before Christmas we held our annual Awards Evening to recognize the achievement of pupils from both lower school and sixth form over the previous academic year.
The annual awards evening is a long-running tradition of the school with many celebrity guests giving their time to present awards which include Jeff Stelling (2014), Jonny Wilkinson (2006) and the late Ronnie Corbett (1995).
The 37th annual awards were a bit different. We’ve only had four headteachers at EMS and before the move into the new building in September, we found it fitting to welcome back the three previous head teachers to present the awards.
David Relton, first head teacher and founder of the awards evening, was joined on stage by Michael Lee, the third person to be in charge at EMS. Unfortunately, his predecessor Joseph Hughes couldn’t make the evening due to illness.
Awards were granted for a range of academic, sporting and cultural achievements including excelling within an individual subject, enhancing the school community, public speaking, attendance, sporting brilliance at Town, County and National level.
Lucy Downes, who scooped the Fleming Trophy for outstanding achievement in her GCSE results, was also the only recipient of the award for achieving five years consecutive attendance adding her to an extremely small list of students that can boast such a triumph.
High achieving A-Level student Kate Todd-Davis, who joined EMS6 from High Tunstall school, returned to collect the Russ Nicholson Memorial Trophy for her success before heading back Sheffield to continue her Degree Apprenticeship with Rolls Royce.
The evening was rounded off with the Chairman’s Award, presented to Mr Duncan Bew. This is presented to a former student who, since leaving school, has achieved significantly in their chosen field.
Duncan, who works as the Clinical Director of Major Trauma and Surgery in Kings College Hospital, was overwhelmed to be invited back to his former school to collect the prestigious award. In recent years, he led the trauma response for the London Bridge and Grenfell Tower major incidents.
Mr Peter 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 students.”
These sentiments were echoed by Mr Stephen Hammond, Head Teacher at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College who told us: “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.”