Celebration was the theme of the night on Thursday 15th November as the class of 2018 returned to Standish Community High School with their friends and family to receive the GCSE certificates and awards. Mr Pollard, Executive Headteacher of the Mosaic Academy Trust, dropped in to congratulate the students and deliver a powerful message about character: he outlined how it is the character that they have developed in their time at Standish that they need to take great pride in as much as the qualifications they leave with. This message was echoed by Mrs Barker, the Head of School, who implored the students to remain open to new challenges, to say yes as often as they can and to never put a lid on their ambitions.

Entertainment on the night was provided by some current students at Standish: Eve, Lorna, Eloise and Sophie performed musical interludes throughout the night – ably assisted by Mrs Gannon – and there was also a moving recital of Wilfred Owen’s famous poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Anopa as part of the school’s program of remembrance events.

Guest speaker for the night was ex-student Frankie Gormally who, after leaving Standish with her own set of glittering exam results, went on to Winstanley College and Cambridge University to study Law. Frankie’s inspirational speech showed the class of 2018 how they can achieve their hopes and dreams – no matter how big they may be!

All students in attendance received their GCSE qualifications on the evening and then Mr Peters, Deputy Headteacher, and Mr Morgan, Year 11 Pastoral Leader, led the awarding of the special subject prizes and attendance awards. Eve and Scarlett were delighted to be awarded special awards for excellence after being nominated for prizes by ten of their subject teachers! Mia then received a special award for progress after winning awards in six of her subjects. All three girls were incredibly deserving recipients of the special awards and are fantastic ambassadors for Standish Community High School.

This year, fifteen students received a special award for 100% attendance throughout the whole of Year 11 and two of those students – Sophie and Catherine – were also awarded an additional award for the very rare achievement of 100% attendance in all five years at Standish Community High School. What an incredible achievement!

The evening was rounded off with a speech from the current head boy and girl, Tom and Molly, before the class of 2018 got the chance to chat to their former teachers and catch up with friends and family. The evening was truly a special event and testament to the hard work of everyone involved in making Standish the special community that it is: the Governors and Trustees, the school leaders, teachers, support staff, the parents and carers and, last but not least, the students themselves.

Well done to the class of 2018 from all at Standish Community High School!