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Spalding High School ex-sixth-formers (back) Rebecca Warren, Rebecca Hurrey, Robert King, Mercedes Baxter Chinery (front) Hannah Greenacre, Eleanor Toal and Katie Gray.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding High School ex-sixth-formers (back) Rebecca Warren, Rebecca Hurrey, Robert King, Mercedes Baxter Chinery (front) Hannah Greenacre, Eleanor Toal and Katie Gray. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding High School students showed there is no mystery to academic excellence at the end of another term in which high grades were plentiful.

Current and recent sixth-formers joined Year 11 students for the school’s annual Senior Prizegiving on the final day of autumn term as A-level certificates were given out, alongside prizes for arts, languages, social sciences and sport.

Lower sixth form prizewinners Lizzie Taylor, Lauren Oglesby and Amy Tall.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Lower sixth form prizewinners Lizzie Taylor, Lauren Oglesby and Amy Tall. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Also making a comeback to the school as guest speaker was Spalding High School old girl Linda Bennett, more commonly known as crime writer Christina James, who grew up in the town and has gone on to write four novels featuring Detective Inspector Tim Yates.

Linda presented prizes to students, including six awards to Mercedes Baxter Chinery who collected three A*s and an A at A-level in August to secure her place at Cambridge University where she is now studying engineering.

Mercedes said: “It was great to meet up with friends and teachers after being at university for a term.

“It was a really happy reunion for everybody and the presentation from Linda Bennett was excellent.“

It was great to meet up with friends and teachers after being at university for a term

Mercedes Baxter Chinery, prizewinner for the best A-level results and academic achievement

Another prizewinner was Eleanor Toal who picked up seven prizes, including one for her role as editor of the school’s online magazine The High Quarterly.

Eleanor said: “My final prizegiving at Spalding High School was a chance to celebrate and reflect on achievements over the past year with friends and to thank all of those people who had supported us along the way.

“It was also a chance to catch up with staff and students, but also to give a farewell to the school which will always hold a big place in my heart. “Receiving our A-level certificates, as well as lots of prizes, was a touching reminder of the hard work over the past few years which has allowed us all to move on to exciting new opportunities.”

Before the prizegiving, there were piano solos by Jade Lin and Annabelle Lane, speeches by headmistress Michele Anderson, chairman of governors Dr Peter Gorton and head girl Raghavi Anand-Babu, a cello quartet and performance by the school’s Songbirds Choir.

Students at Spalding High School's annual Senior Prizegiving Day.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Students at Spalding High School's annual Senior Prizegiving Day. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Head of sixth form Dawn Bushell said: “Senior Prizegiving Day is a wonderful tradition to mark the end of the autumn term, celebrating the achievements of past students whilsy inspiring our current ones as well.”