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University Academy Holbeach honours its amazing students

Magnificent students at University Academy Holbeach (UAH) were honoured at a presentation evening.

Thirteen youngsters received special awards and it was also a night to recognise successful Duke of Edinburgh's Award students.

UAH A-Level students were second in Lincolnshire for pupil progress for the second year in a row, 35 students gained university places - although seven opted for Level 3 apprenticeships instead - and there was a 100 per cent success rate in BTEC.

Principal Steve Baragwanath with students at the presentation evening. (131218-14)
Principal Steve Baragwanath with students at the presentation evening. (131218-14)

Principal Steve Baragwanath said: “Our average grade at BTEC is distinction while the average grade nationally is merit.”

Mr Baragwanath says some university students were the first in their family to go there, which fits with the academy aim to “raise the aspirations in the area”.

He said students had also maintained the academy’s GCSE success, rising to the challenge of tougher exams.

Prizes were presented by Professor Toby Wilkinson, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Lincoln.

Prizewinners were: Jamie Tulloch (Pat Brewer Special Endeavour Award), Louise Nicholls (The TNH Award), Ewan McCracken (The Geoff Capes Award), Harry Crunkhorn (The Gill Graper Shield), Jordan Brown (A-Level Best Academic Achievement), Harriet Ellingworth (Sixth Form Award for Effort and Achievement), Jack Baker (Level 2 Apprentice of the Year), Stefan Gostic (Level 3 Apprentice of the Year), Frederick Jellyman (The Maggie Ward Post 16 Special Endeavour Award), Millie Howard (Best Duke of Edinburgh Student), James Tye (Paddy Palgrave Art Award), Craig Bowhill (Contribution to School Life) and Jack Elms (6th Form Principal’s Award).

* Mr Baragwanath described Louise Nicholls as "an extremely hard working pupil who always demonstrated a fantastic attitude throughout her studies at UAH".

He continued: "This student never had to be asked to turn up to revision sessions, they could quite simply be relied upon. This student certainly reaped the reward of all of her efforts in the summer by achieving a grade 9, five grade 8s, a grade 7 and 2 A*s to boot. I think you will agree quite simply a fantastic achievement."

Speaking of Jamie Tulloch, Mr Baragwanath said: "Sometimes in life we have to overcome obstacles, these can take all different forms.

"The winner of this award this year certainly did this in bucket loads, achieving a positive Progress8 score, outperforming many of his predicted grades, and all the while being a polite and respectful young man, never expecting or indeed wanting any preferential treatment."

Before the Geoff Capes Award was presented to Ewan McCracken, Mr Baragwanath said: "Whilst in life we all like to win, there always has to be a loser.

"In fact the football team for the year group before me did not win a game in five years, perhaps not a record to be proud of however, it takes a true sports person to keep going regardless of results and form, and the winner of this award certainly did that.

"He was often in charge of ensuring players had kit or indeed that we had a full team. Moreover they achieved brilliantly well in GCSE PE."

Harry Crunkhorn was also in the spotlight.

Mr Baragwanath said: "Sometimes we are not necessarily blessed with a sweet left foot, or a fantastically academic mind but that said we go onto achieve good things through sheer hard work and determination.

"The winner of the Gill Graper Award this year certainly managed that, was well liked by his peers and teachers alike and achieved a host of fantastic grades. He has gone on into our 6th Form where he is continuing to flourish."

Speaking of Craig Bowhill, Mr Baragwanath said: "Students might sometimes lack recognition for their hard work and achievements simply because they are nice, polite, hard working, always smart, never demanding and just generally speaking an absolute pleasure to be around.

"He is now flourishing in our 6th Form studying A -Levels in Geography, Law and History.

"We at UAH feel that students like this actually deserve every recognition."


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