Prize Giving at Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey was host to a magnificent evening celebrating student success as The Gryphon School held its annual prize giving ceremony for last year’s Year 11 and 13 students.

Nearly 150 students received awards during the evening, and the Abbey was full to capacity as parents and family joined the students to celebrate their achievements.

Professor Robert Sinden from Imperial College London was the guest speaker and presented the awards. In his address he advised students to understand themselves and find a job that makes them happy, and ensure that every new job provides a new experience or challenge. He told them that employers know that academic achievement isn’t everything, and that any setbacks should be met with resilience.

A huge range of achievements were recognised in the ceremony, including awards for subjects, academic achievement, contribution to school life, and personal achievement where students have excelled despite difficult circumstances.

Former Year 13 student Tom Forrest delivered an outstanding solo performance of the song ‘My Way’ and was also recognised with The Foster’s School Award for his contribution to school life, as well as receiving awards in drama and music.

Highest academic achievement in Year 13 went to Stuart M and Ella S, and in Year 11 to Manuel B, Katherine D, Aditya R, Chloe W and Harry Y.

Headteacher Nicki Edwards said “Our Prize Giving was a true reflection of our Gryphon ethos.  The atmosphere was so special, with our students celebrating each other’s academic achievements and personal progress.  We were so privileged to be joined by Professor Robert Sinden from Imperial College, whose work in combatting malaria is of international significance.  I am sure that all those who attended; students, staff, parents and carers, Governors and Trustees will remember the evening for years to come.”


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