Students in all year groups celebrated their success at the Annual Academic Awards Evening at the Beck Theatre on Thursday 8 October.
Nearly five hundred students, parents and staff attended in the presence of the former Mayor and Past Escort of the Mayor of Hillingdon, as well as Shadow Chancellor and local MP John McDonnell. A group of other dignitaries from local schools and businesses were also in attendance.
The special guest was Steve Brown who was the Captain of the 2012 Wheelchair Rugby Team at the Paralympics. Steve made an amazing powerful motivational speech about seizing life’s chances, and included anecdotes and stories about how he overcame his troubles through the help of sport. Steve was also very pleased to present the Subject, Key Stage and Head Teacher awards to the students.
Three Year 12 students, Aaranjah Vickneswaran, Nilaksiga Sangarathas, and Reece Farren took home the top Headteacher’s Awards of the evening for showing academic excellence or outstanding progress across a range of GCSE subjects.
There were three outstanding performances from Barnhill students during the show. Anjali Tailor (Year 10) and Hritik Rai (Year 11) gave an acoustic performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Small Bump”, and later on, talented BTEC students gave the audience an upbeat contemporary dance performance.
Assistant Headteacher, Greig Pilkington who organised the evening is really proud of what the Barnhill students have achieved and is very happy that their success is recognised by both the school and their fellow students:
“The students cherish the opportunity to be recognised for the hard work they have done to achieve these fantastic results. It is one of those moments as a teacher that you feel so proud of every student that stood on that stage.”
Head of School, Andy Stansfield who presented the Headteacher Awards comments:
“These inspirational young people are a credit to their school, their family and their community and we are very proud to recognise the progress they have made.”
Executive Head Teacher, Tracey Hemming is equally proud of the success and is delighted that this academic success is shown at all levels:
“This was my first experience of the Barnhill Awards Ceremony, having joined the Barnhill Partnership Trust in September. I was incredibly impressed by the evening, the slick organisation led by Grieg Pilkington, the inspirational Steve Brown and his fantastic story of determination and our own inspirational students and their many, many achievements. A wonderful night!”
To see all the photos from the Academic Awards, click here.