Upton Court Grammar School celebrated success on Thursday 17 September at its annual prize giving ceremony, attended by the Mayor of Slough, governors, trustees, Old Paludians, parents and students, both current and former, of the school. Individual prizes and certificates were given to students achieving the best GCSE, AS and A2 results in all subjects from the summer 2015 examinations, as well as prizes for overall performance and contribution to the community and the Arts, Languages, Music Sport and Young Enterprise.
Many students that had embarked upon their university course returned to Slough to attend the ceremony, and celebrated their success with old friends as proud parents looked on.
Honorary fellowships were awarded to Angela Best, for 17 years’ service to the school as member of the Governing body, Christine Deane for her contributions to Initial Teacher Training, and Sue Dunsdon and Elaine King for their dedication to the school’s Parents’ and Friends' Association.
Former BBC Apprentice star Melody Hossaini presided over the event, and commended students as certificates were awarded. She also spoke of her courage and perseverance in trying to achieve her life goals, and how she gained successes in her own life, focussing on the importance of personal qualities, in particular kindness.
Earlier in the day, Miss Hossaini ran a ‘boot camp’ for a group of year 10 students, focussing on social enterprise, leadership and team building.
Upton Court Grammar School Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said “In an era of fierce competition these prizes are not easy to achieve. It is a credit to our students, staff and parents that there are so many academic successes and personal achievements."
1. Melody Hossaini with Year 10 students participating in boot camp.
2. Awards ceremony delegates, L to R Sophie Maitland (Head Girl), Joseph Chadwell (Head Boy), guest speaker Melody Hossaini, Mayor of Slough, Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada, Radha Sharma (former Head Girl), Nigel Miller (Chair of Trustees), Daniel Aduakwa (former Head Boy).