The Gryphon celebrates Prize Giving at Sherborne Abbey

The Gryphon School’s prestigious annual Prize Giving ceremony took place on Saturday 16th September at Sherborne Abbey, celebrating the outstanding achievements of Year 11 and 13 students over the past year.  Over 100 students received awards on the day and were joined by parents, governors, staff and local community leaders.

Alan Power, Garden and Estate Manager at National Trust Stourhead gave an inspiring speech, encouraging students to follow their passions and do something they love. Alan moved from Ireland to England to study horticulture and arboriculture as he loved the outdoors and wanted to pursue his dream of working in this field. He said he now sometimes works up to seven days a week at Stourhead, but he enjoys it and it doesn’t seem like work when you’re doing something you are passionate about.

Headteacher Nicki Edwards said “Congratulations to all the students who received awards today, they should be extremely proud, as we are, of all their achievements. It is a special occasion, and having the ceremony at Sherborne Abbey provides a unique and majestic setting for which we are very grateful”.

Students received a range of prizes including Subject Awards, Head of Year Awards and Special Awards.  This year also saw twenty students receive their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards and The Gryphon’s first student receive his Gold Award, which went to Tom Blake.

Special mention should go to:

Year 11

Highest Academic Achievement at GCSE:

Ella Smith

Dora Solloway

Contribution to School Life Award:

Edwards Walters

Annalise Sargent


Year 13:

Highest Academic Achievement at A Level:

Joseph Bishop

Matthew Bowditch

Millie Kelman-Johns

Matthew Suri

Contribution to School Life Awards:

The Lord Digby’s School Award – Rochelle Roberts

The Foster’s School Award – Gabriel Macey

Award winners with Guest Speaker Alan Power (front centre)


Headteacher Nicki Edwards, Alan Power and Steve Hillier, Executive Head

Duke of Edinburgh Award winners

Highest Academic Achievement at A Level

Highest Academic Achievement at GCSE


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