The Class of 2017 gathered together on the evening of Wednesday 22 November 2017 for an evening of celebration. The awards for excellence in subject areas were presentedby Mr Anthony Lander who gave an animated and entertaining speech about approaching all aspects of life without prejudice and reminded us of the importance of realising and seeking out dreams.
Appointed a consultant in 1997 at the time of the BBC’s flagship documentary series ‘Children’s Hospital’, Mr Lander is currently Clinical Director at Birmingham Children's Hospital, one of the biggest centres in the UK for surgery in babies, infants and children. He is involved in the national teaching of paediatric surgery trainees both here and abroad. Mr Lander very generously gave up his time to also meet with our current cohort of Year 11 Triple Scientists for a lesson exploring the application of science and maths in modern medicine. Students were encouraged to consider how interlinked all three sciences are with one other and the importance of maths underpinning research and analysis.
We were also very honoured that Mr Geraint Jenkins was able to be in attendance at the Celebration Evening to present the annual Jenkins' Award in recognition of outstanding achievement.
Caitlin Etheridge entertained us with her stunning rendition of 'On My Own' from Les Miserables, before each student was presented with a de Stafford Scroll prior to collecting their GCSE examination certificates. Head Girl, Jess Owen and Head Boy, Tom Ford, expressed our appreciation and, on behalf of the school community, offered the vote of thanks to our guests,
Thank you to all the parents, carers, staff and past students who attended and helped make the evening so memorable and special.