Students from across the years at Prince Henry’s were rewarded for their achievements in all areas at the annual Celebration Evening at the Leeds City Museum Central Arena. Over 500 students, invited guests, proud parents and carers and staff enjoyed the experience as sponsors and Guest Speaker, Children’s Commissioner for England and ex-Prince Henry’s student, Anne Longfield, handed out prizes for academic and personal achievements and service to School and the Community.

In her speech, Anne Longfield spoke of her office’s current campaign to help vulnerable children across the UK, following Thursday’s debate in the House of Lords, the key qualities which Prince Henry’s imbues and their value for students’ futures alongside her time at Prince Henry’s: Self-confidence as an individual, good at making friends and networks, flexible, able to find new solutions to old problems and an ability to nurture the world around you. These are the things that are going to be prized over decades to come and these are the things that I think PHGS has been able to offer you. I had the privilege to visit the school last month and talk to teachers and pupils about the work of the school.  I was really impressed by the achievements of children at PHGS and really grateful to the young people I met who talked to me about their concerns and priorities.”

The prestigious Kerr Scholarship, awarded to the student with the best A Level results, was received by two students this year, Euan Walkley and Sam Graham.  Euan and Sam both achieved an A* grade in all three of their A level subjects (a mixture of Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Further Maths). Euan is studying Chemistry at Oxford University and Sam studying engineering at Durham University.

The Walter Robinson Award for Top Performance at GCSE was shared by Jack Auchterlounie, Marc O’ Halloran and Olivia Timmins, who earned 34 top grades between them, including the new Grade 9s, earned by just the top 2% of students nationally.

Awards are given to students for attainment and progress, but also for excelling in other areas which are also central to the ethos at the school.

Lily Cratchley won the Alice MacGill Memorial Award, for a student displaying thoughtfulness, helpfulness and compassion, for her work with younger students across the school. She was joined at the ceremony by students from younger years, who were also awarded prizes for Service to School.

Unusually, Year 11 student Adel Watt won the Josh Frankland Memorial Shield for Outstanding Achievement in Sport, an award usually won by a Year 13 student. Adel is a talented golfer, winning the St Andrew’s Junior Ladies Open in 2017.

Headteacher Janet Sheriff opened the Ceremony and led with a speech congratulating the Students.

"The high level of success of Prince Henry’s makes it increasingly difficult for staff and governors to select from the wide range of high calibre students. In addition to awards for attainment, there are the equally important awards for excellent progress, outstanding attitudes to learning and service to the school community across every age group – areas highly valued in the inclusive school ethos. We were particularly proud to welcome both Anne Longfield and her Head of News, Jo Green, both ex-students of Prince Henry’s, to the evening. As Anne mentioned, it is unusual to find as many alumni from a State School in such a position of influence in government. It was lovely to hear her say that Prince Henry’s is a springboard for success.” she said.

As well as the Awards themselves, guests were treated to performances from students: singer Becky Holmes, pianist Natalia Chamberlain and brass ensemble No Strings Attached. The full photo galleries from the evening are here.