It's a good job Nicola Adams is scared of something....

I discovered that Arachnophobia was the world's first female Olympic Boxing Champion's pet fear when researching how to introduce her as guest of honour in last Monday's wonderful ex-Year 11 Prize Giving Ceremony.


She certainly delivered a 'knock out' experience to out students...

Prize Winners at Prize Giving 2015

Having started their GCSE courses in the very special year of 2012 it was particularly appropriate that students' outstanding achievements were celebrated by an equally special athlete whose own performance helped to define the London Games.

Her message that self-belief is the key to being the best that you can be in all that you do resonated strongly with an amazing group of young people who have indeed set so many personal bests in so many different areas of their school lives to date; if you'll excuse the pun, they certainly also 'punched well above their weight' in achieving results which far exceeded all the aspirational, value-added progress targets we set for them last summer.

As a celebration of the variety and vibrancy of secondary school life, it was equally appropriate to start the evening with a stunningly energetic rendition of Madness' ‘Baggy Trousers’, offering a mouth-watering preview of the forthcoming production of 'Our House’ at Arlington Arts in the New Year...

Our House Flyer

Baggy Trousers

I did hasten to point out that not quite all in the lyrics applies at Park House!
Nicola of course personified all the Olympic Values in her stunning Gold Medal winning performance in 2012, most notably Excellence, Courage, Determination and, perhaps above  all, Equality.  In the same year  - and as part of our 'Inspire a Generation' Legacy commitment - I introduced the Headteacher's 'Living the Values' Prize to recognise a student who has embodied those Values of during their time at Park House.

Living the Values Award Lucas Voss

Award-winning photographer and member of the Young Digital Taskforce, Lucas Voss was this year's winner, celebrating alongside all the other brilliant recipients of our prizes for achievement, progress and contribution to the life of the school and wider community.

Lucas' award-winning photo, featuring members of the year group, so brilliantly captures it's spirit of friendship, unity and high aspiration...

Lucas Voss Photography

I'm immensely proud of all our knockout students...