Class of 2014 hailed at awards ceremony

Former students were recognised for their outstanding achievement during a Celebration Evening awards ceremony last week.

Following yet another round of exceptional A-level results in 2014, all students were presented with their official examination certificates and seven students were chosen to receive special cross-college awards for their progress, achievement and work in the local community.

The Old Stocktonians’ Association also recognised students who showed exceptional performance in Science and Technology.

Over 100 of the college’s ‘Class of 2014’ attended the evening to catch up with staff and tutors and to see the awards presented.

The first presentation, for Outstanding Progress, was given to two students who achieved significantly beyond their target grade predictions. The first winner, Jordan Laing, formerly of Thornaby Academy, came to college with predicted A-level grades of D/C. In a nomination written by Psychology teacher Julie Liddell, Jordan’s success was attributed to hard work and determination. “He drafted and re-drafted work never being satisfied with ‘just good enough’. He achieved A*BBB grades, allowing him to pursue his dream career in medicine.”

The second winner, Sophie-Beth Manley, achieved A*A in her Health and Social Care course. Sophie had the highest score of the subject’s cohort, achieving A grades in 3 out of 4 units, including one exceptional piece of coursework for which she was marked 99/100.

The Outstanding Achievement award was presented to 2014’s highest attaining students, Chloe Mallaby and Josie Arthur, who each secured A*AA grades in their final exams.

In a nomination made by Religious Studies teacher Clare Welford, Chloe was described as an “exceptional student” who “asked excellent, insightful questions to further her knowledge and help others understand the material.”

An aspiring vet, Josie needed to secure the highest possible grades in her Biology, Chemistry and Maths A-levels in order to gain a place to study Veterinary Science at the University of Surrey. She was described as a “popular and well-liked student, extremely focussed on her career aim.”

Former Ian Ramsey pupil Matthew Everson was recognised for his voluntary work within the local community and all-round commitment to extra-curricular sport at the college. Sport teacher Tom Ripley said: “Matthew volunteered with Abbey Hill Academy, marshalled at primary schools events, helped on the Sport Relief Mile and co-taught students in younger years. He even found time to contribute to all three college team sports, an attribute which made him very popular with his classmates and led him to being named ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ for more than one team at our annual Sports Awards.”

Old Stocktonians’ prizes for Science and Technology were awarded to Sophie McArthur and Danny Pearson respectively.

Principal Joanna Bailey said: “Stockton Sixth Form had so much to celebrate last year, with our 40th anniversary, another round of fantastic results and, most significantly, being judged to be a ‘Good’ college by Ofsted. Class of 2014 students contributed significantly to our transformational journey and we were thrilled to be able to recognise their achievements with this special ceremony.”