GCSE Exam Triumph with Nicola Adams MBE

Our ex-Year 11 students enjoyed a knock out celebration of last summer's GCSE exam successes with guest speaker Nicola Adams MBE (the World’s first female Olympic boxing champion and GB’s most decorated female boxer). Students also got the chance to meet All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke who dropped in to say hello.

Nicola Adams MBE

As the only school in the country to have been awarded the Inspired by 2012 mark by the Cabinet Office in recognition of our values-based Olympic and Paralympic Legacy programme, it was particularly appropriate our students' outstanding achievements were celebrated by an athlete whose own performance helped define London 2012.

The ceremony kicked off with an dynamic rendition of Baggy Trousers, a sneak preview of the school’s  show Our House which will be on stage at Arlington Arts in the New Year.

Madness performance
Madness performance
Madness performance
Madness performance

Nicola Adams was introduced by Head Girl Kate Oubridge-Egan and Head boy Duncan Shelton before inspiring students with a motivational speech about how imperative self-belief is when it comes to being the best you can, in whatever field you choose.

Nicola Adams MBE

In 2012 the Headteacher's 'Living the Values Legacy' Prize was introduced for the student who has most embodied the Olympic and Paralympic Values of Excellence, Inspiration, Determination, Courage, Friendship and Equality during their time at Park House. Award-winning photographer and member of the Young Digital Taskforce, Lucas Voss was announced as the recipient of this prestigious award.

Living the Values Award Lucas Voss
Prize Winners at Prize Giving 2015

Other awards presented included:
Paul Barker Memorial Prize
Katherine Langley
(Best GCSE Results)

Neil Jones Memorial Prize
Abigail Pass
(Student who has Excelled Academically)

Gil Appleby Memorial Prize
(Achieving 9 or more A* & A GCSEs)
Megan Day
Philippe de Frechou
Oliver Harrison
Toby Holloway
Katherine Langley
Emily Lewis
Gemma Maynard
Abigail Pass
Darius Tipple
Erik Tu
Lucas Voss

Twin Town Award
Katherine Langley
(Excellence in Languages)

Work Related Learning Award
Kaitlan Blanchard
(Outstanding commitment to an extended work placement)

Special Prizes for Progress

Governors’ Shield Millie Newitt
(Academic Progress)

David Welch Memorial Trophy James Graves
(Continuous progress throughout the school)

David Clark Shield Oliver Harrison
(Significant progress throughout school life)

Special Prizes for Commitment to School

Dawson Prize
Megan Day
(Student most deserving of success)

Trevor Fisher Memorial Prize
Lucas Voss
(Outstanding attitude to work and school life)

Schneider Memorial Prize
Katie Russell
(Student who has persevered and succeeded)

Governors’ Prize
Jonathan Turner
(Service to the Community and School)

Gordon Clewes Memorial Prize
Gemma Maynard/Toby Holloway
(Services to Music)

Eileen Hanks Cup
Sophie Deacon
(Outstanding Art work)

J Roberts Shield
Toby Holloway
(Officiating in Sport)

Newbury Oils Cup
Matt Berry-Hargreaves
(Male Athlete of the Year)

Peel Cup
Carys Cox*
(Female Athlete of the Year)
*Carys is one of the country's leading young Girls’ Rugby players with a place in the South West Regional Development Squad and the full England Under 18s Development Squad and already one cap under her belt.

Gemini Services Award
Grace Blake
(Excellent work in IT)

Mr Peaple said: “The evening was a fantastic celebration of the achievements of a wonderful Year Group which, to use an appropriate metaphor, "punched above its weight", achieving results which exceeded all aspirational, value-added progress targets. This was also an opportunity to recognise and reward their superb contribution to the school and wider community, reflecting our emphasis on values-themed learning.”

Nicola’s involvement in the ceremony was also a great opportunity for the school to announce their participation in the Active Movement Programme. The programme, supported by Nicola Adams, involves the co-ordination of activity and movement with the educational, physical and procedural life of the school in a way never attempted before at Park House in an effort to combat the effects of the nation’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

Active Movement Logo