The Duke of Northumberland and High Sheriff present awards at sparkling ceremony
Students from two NCEA Trust schools, Duke’s Secondary School and Castle School, came together for a special evening celebrating their achievements and hard work over the last year. The ceremony recognised students from both Ashington schools with academic success being celebrated alongside sporting achievement, musical excellence, and also marking the progress that students have made towards their personal goals.
The evening started with seasonal refreshments, provided by Hospitality and Catering students, while guests could look at examples of student work and listen to musical performances from current students.
All of Year 11 were invited to receive their GCSE certificates and various awards. These were presented by The Duke of Northumberland, who spoke at the ceremony on his belief in the power of education to change futures, and recognised some outstanding achievements from students at both Duke’s School and Castle School.
Katie Stafford was presented with the Duke’s Excellence Award, recognising her outstanding performance in GCSE examinations, where she achieved seven grade 9s and two grade 8s, placing her in the top 1% of GCSE performance nationally.
Also during the ceremony, Ella Fear was presented with the “Best Cadet” award by Michael Orde, High Sheriff of Northumberland. The award recognised Ella’s contribution to the school’s Combined Cadet Force contingent, and in a surprise to the student, the High Sheriff then promoted Ella to Corporal.
The Rob McKay Award, given in memory of a former teacher at the school, was won by Allana Menzies and the Achievement Award was presented to James Kane. Robbie Anderson was awarded Young Musician of the Year, and Rebecca Linden won the Bishop of Newcastle Award for Community Service. Andrew Knight was awarded the Sportsperson of the Year and Jessica Scott won the Duke’s Award for Enterprise. The evening concluded with the Duke being presented with a portrait of himself created by four Duke’s Sixth Form Students.