A sports star and former pupil joined The Peele Community College for its 2014 annual celebration of excellence evening.
More than 400 parents, carers, governors, students and staff gathered to see the presentation of awards to the Class of 2014.
The guest of honour was Aaron Heading, a sportsman and ex-pupil of the Peele in Long Sutton.
In his address, he talked about how his love of clay pigeon shooting had led to a pursuit of the sport called Olympic Trap.
As Aaron progressed in this field, he joined the Great Britain Junior Trap team, then later he made it into the senior team, where he has won many medals, including a gold and bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and a silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games which took place in Scotland.
He concluded by saying, ‘just keep going and believe in yourself and you will get there’.
The prizes were given out by Aaron, headteacher Simon Gilman, and Elizabeth Smith, the deputy.
The musical interlude before the Departmental Awards for Excellence was a rendering of ‘Evening Star’ by Rebecca Edwards, from the college production of The Wizard of Oz, which is to take place in early February.
The second musical interlude was Molly Southerland singing ‘(S)He’s the one’ by Robbie Williams.
Jade Walton won the Governors’ Award for Progress 2009-2014, while Molly Day-Coombes won the Governors’ KS4 Award for Outstanding Performance 2009-2014.
Other major awards were the Christine Barnes Award awarded to Ellie Ketteringham, the Long Sutton Parish Council Community Service Award awarded to Tania Taylor and the Excellence Award for Fundraising awarded to Harley Slade.
All the house captains Molly Sargeant, Summer Mace, Jade Martin, Shannon Oldfield, Nick Royal and Jade Ingram took part by making a speech either at the beginning or the end of the evening.
Refreshments were served after the awards, with mince pies which had been produced by Year 10 BTEC hospitality students and others provided by The Friends of the Peele.