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Gongs galore at Haywood Academy

The class of 2017's achievements were celebrated at the Burslem insititution's awards evening

Posted by Julian Owen | November 12, 2017 | Events

Parents, staff and students welcomed back Year 11 leavers to watch on at the November 6 awards evening, as the various cups and trophies were handed out. 

Principal Dilesh Parmar addressed the crowd to say: “I hope you found Haywood Academy to be a great school, a wonderful community, a place of learning and care, and a tremendous place to grow up. 

“You have been a fabulous year group, it’s been fantastic having you in our lives for five years. I know you have the drive, intelligence and stature to be excellent members of society and to do well in life.” 

A selection of students were presented with Prestige Awards for excelling in their academic subjects, sports or for character achievements. Awards included; Coping in the Face of Adversity; Progress in English and Maths; Best Attendance; and Expressive Arts. 

Ben Meir

The main award of the evening, the Principal’s Cup for Star Student of the Year, went to Ben Meir. The highest achieving GCSE student of the year achieved three A*s, four As and seven in Maths and an eight and nine in English. He also studied Further Maths as an additional after-school qualification and achieved a grade B. 

Mr Parmar commented: “Not only has Ben achieved an array of As for his GCSEs, but managed to balance the academic pressure of Year 11 with creating a desirable CV through increasing his knowledge and skills in a variety of extra-curricular activities. An excellent student in every respect: extremely hardworking, polite, caring and a true gentleman who thoroughly deserved his position of Head Boy. He excelled in everything that he did and was also a fantastic role model and supportive towards his peers. 

“Ben is also an outstanding performing arts student, achieving top grades in both music and drama. He has shown excellent commitment and determination by not only adopting the lead roles in our school productions, but also performing at numerous city events in order to improve his skills. He has given up hours of his own time to support Mrs Alabaster with leading the KS3 drama clubs after school, offering feedback and advice to the younger Haywood Academy students.”   

Cerys Lancaster

Other awards of note include the Best All Round Sportswoman Trophy, donated by Captain Clifford Yates MBE. Cerys Lancaster received huge applause as she collected her trophy, which represented her sporting achievements at Haywood Academy. She was a valued and reliable member of the Netball, Football, Athletics, Rounders and Tennis teams and also held the position of captain on many occasions. She also has a passion for Rugby and has been selected to represent Cheshire this year. 

Mr Parmar commented: “This young lady has built up an impressive CV through her hard work and determination, she has become a superb sports leader and officiator.  She has given up hours of her own time to plan and lead after-school sport sessions for the younger Haywood Academy students and those at our partner primary schools. For excellence in the role as an umpire, she was selected to officiate at the Level three school games.  

“Cerys not only excelled within sport but adopted a positive attitude towards her own learning, and achieved B grades across all subjects with an A in GCSE PE. She is an excellent role model to others, both on and off the sports field, and I have every confidence that she will achieve fantastic results at the sixth form.” 

Zeri Salem

Zeri Salem received the Oxford University Partnership Above and Beyond award. In her GCSEs she achieved six As, one A* and a grade six in English Language, seven in Maths and eight in English Literature. 

Mr Parmar said: “Achieving a flawless set of results meant everything to Zeri. She is an excellent student in every respect and she delivered with every opportunity that she was presented with. This young lady certainly led by example and was a superb Head Girl and is an inspiration to us all. I have every confidence that she is going to be just as successful with her A Level studies at the sixth form and that she will achieve her dream of attending one of the country’s top universities.”

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