Long Sutton college holds prize night with Apprentice star Khadija Kalifa
Year 11 students from Long Sutton's Peele Community College returned to the school for the Annual Celebration of Excellence Evening on Thursday.
It was the last ever Peele prize night as, after 60 years, it has now been re-branded as University Academy Long Sutton.
The night saw certificates awarded for GCSE and BTec passes and there were also a number of department awards and special accolades.
Those special awards went to Michael Hope (Governors’ Award for outstanding achievement), Alex Maddison (Governors’ award for progress) and Jodie Rhodes (The Christine Barnes memorial award).
There were also two superb musical interludes, with Year 10s Grace Pharro and Libby Davies performing 'A Million Dreams' and Year 11 student Lucy Stockdale playing 'We are the Champions' on piano.
New principal Liam Dave told the returning students: "Unfortunately I did not have the time to get to know your year group well but you were welcoming and polite to me when I started visiting the school back in March.
"You deserve to be congratulated for achieving some of the best-ever results at the Peele, indeed the best since the numerical grading system came in. The achievements in mathematics, BTec sport, French and travel and tourism are truly outstanding.
"Everything you have learned up to now and all the experiences you have had will help you develop into what you want to be. Please do not waste time putting off until tomorrow what can be done today.
"Whatever you want to achieve, no matter what it is, you are as equal and as valuable as the next person."
Guest speaker was TV's The Apprentice star Khadija Kalifa, who lives in Bourne. The businesswoman told the students: "I listened to the lovely ladies performing 'A Million Dreams' (from The Greatest Showman). I think it is one of the greatest films of all time because, despite Barnum losing money and his circus going up in flames, he picked himself up and carried on going.
"That film teaches you the most important thing in life - resilience. I remember being 16 like it was yesterday and you must be proud of yourselves - the best you can do is your best."
Department awards went to: Art - Chloe Jane Stalker; Biology Danielle Taylor; Business - Oliver Chidgey; Chemistry - Alex Maddison; ICT - Ben Gilbert; CIFE - Lucie Hillery; Citizenship - Amelia Waldren; Combined science - Ryan Emmins; Drama - Alicia Dalligan; English Language Paris Branch; English Literature - Danny Watts; Food Technology - Jessica Blaxill; French - Paris Branch; Geography - Charlotte Turner; History - Harry Groves; Maths - Ryan Allington;Music - Jodie Rhodes; PE - Jodie Lenton; Physics - Ryan Allington; Product design - Sarah Harper; Sports studies - Danny Haynes; Statistics - Michael Hope; Travel and Tourism - Kia Wood.