Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Icons
Staff, students and parents from Alderman Peel High School, part of The Wensum Trust, were joined by sponsors and representatives from many community groups, as they celebrated the student’s incredible success this year at their annual event held at Holkham Hall. The “amazing and inspirational evening” was held in the Lady Elizabeth Wing at Holkham Hall. The evening’s theme was Today’s Students, Tomorrows Icon’s and was attended by Sir John Rowling. Sir John who is the Founder and Director of Partners in Excellence (PiXL) who was described by the Guardian in 2018 as “potentially the most influential person in education” spoke about the true meaning of the word “icon” and who his icons were.
Awards were presented by Sir John, staff and sponsors of those awards, for endeavour and excellence in many categories, including; English, Maths, Holkham Horticulture, Food Technology, Psychology, French, Spanish, Citizenship, Travel and Tourism, plus many more.
Miss Ratcliffe, Grandparent of a student attending the event said; “Yet again, the students at APHS shone at the recent academic awards ceremony, held at the prestigious Lady Elizabeth Suite, Holkham Hall. Year on year, this event is something that the students strive to attend and all receiving awards this year, did so with pride and smiles on their faces. The staff at APHS go above and beyond for our children, every single day and it is true testimony that the students are so delighted to share such a heart-warming and glamorous event with their teachers and family. There is such a special camaraderie between all the students, parents, staff and Governors and we felt privileged to be part of such a momentous evening again”.
Special awards were presented for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM), Arts for All Inspiration Award, The MW Clifford Award in Music Performance, Greatness in Leadership, The Jim Farrington Unsung Hero Award in recognition of an ex-Caretaker at the school. The Wensum Trust Award for Endeavour was presented by the Chair of the Trust Board, John Smith.
Mr Ogle, Principal commented; “It was a wonderful evening and I couldn’t be more proud of all the students and staff. There are a vast number of people involved in making a school such as this, so successful and I would like to thank our sponsors this evening as well as our staff, Governors, parents, carers, community groups and of course our students. I would urge all of our community to support our sponsors in recognition of all they do for us. APHS is a wonderful place to work or study, where students thrive”.
John Smith, Chair of Trustees for The Wensum Trust added; “It was a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of our students at APHS in the glorious surroundings of Holkham Hall. I was very pleased to present The Wensum Trust Endeavour Award alongside guest of honour Sir John Rowling and incoming CEO Daniel Thrower.”
The sponsors included: Basketball in the Community, Christine H Hardman Ltd, Hayes and Storr Solicitors, JS Creative, Monica Vinader, PFN Payroll Services, Pinewoods Holiday Park, Royal British Legion, Screen-next-the-Sea, The Arts Society Glaven Valley, Wells Carnival Committee, Wells and District Lions Club, ETS Lighting & Sound, Fakenham Heel Bar, Fakenham Garden centre, I Do Photography, School Merit Stickers and The Crown Hotel, The Flying Kiwi Inns and Chris Coubrough.