On Wednesday, The Peak Academy held its annual awards assembly as we honoured our pupils’ fantastic achievements over the last academic year. From in-school accolades for outstanding progress to national honours, our students were rightly celebrated for their hard work, effort, and resilience.
It has certainly been a year to remember for our school and students. Alongside the awards, we have also completed our best challenge event yet, and pupils have enjoyed an array of activities and trips.
Farewell to Our Wonderful Year 11 Students
This year’s assembly began with a farewell, as we said goodbye to our departing year 11s. We are extremely proud of everything they have achieved during their time with us and the progress they have made. They will also go down as the first group of year 11s in The Peak’s history to all secure college placements!
Addressing our year 11s, Mr Lewis said: “Everyone in this assembly and here at The Peak wishes you well. Your parents and carers are incredibly proud of you. Everyone who has had time to see you through the journey has been so proud. The door is always open for you at The Peak.”
Celebrating Sporting Success
Next, it was time to hand out the sports day awards to our talented athletes. Mr Dorman took centre stage, presenting medals and certificates for first, second, and third places. There were some fantastic performances, including results that ranked inside the top 100 in the country. Awards were presented for many events, including:
- Long Jump
- Shot Put
Mr Dorman also announced the winner of this year’s house trophy. After a close-fought contest, the winners of the 2018/19 house trophy are Cook! Congratulations to everyone in Cook.
Recognising Subject Superstars
After celebrating sporting success, we moved onto academic achievements. Every year, our teachers select three students who have performed exceptionally in a subject. It is not just ability taken into account; effort, perseverance, commitment, attitude, and willingness to help others are all factors in determining the award winners.
Choosing this year’s winners was as difficult as ever. Our students have excelled in all areas of their learning, and their attitudes and desire to learn have been superb. Congratulations to all our subject award winners — we are proud of each and every one of you.
Praise for Personal Progress
Following subject-specific awards, we presented the excellence awards for personal progress. These accolades recognise students who have made incredible progress during the academic year. This may reflect an improvement in their learning, social skills, confidence, or resilience. The winners of the excellence awards all had brilliant years and are very deserving of having their efforts recognised.
Engage in Their Future Award Winners
Recently, our staff and students won an incredible 15 honours at the 2019 Engage in Their Future Creative Awards. The Peak submitted an assortment of fantastic poems and gripping short stories that the judges loved. It was great to see our staff and students succeeding together and sharing in each other’s achievements. During Wednesday’s assembly, we handed out our own certificates for winners to go alongside their awards from Engage in Their Future.
Engage in Their Future also recognised two other Peak students as part of their Outstanding Personal Progress awards. Lottie and Kieran were nominated in the good citizenship and outstanding personal progress categories respectively. We are delighted that Lottie received the silver award and Kieran scooped the gold! These brilliant achievements were recognised on Wednesday as we presented both Lottie and Kieran with well-deserved certificates to celebrate their awards.
The End-of-Year Staff Awards
To end this year’s assembly, we announced the winners of the awards all our staff were desperate to receive: best teacher and best support staff. These awards are split into two separate awards: one voted for by staff and one voted for by students. As the votes were counted, it was close, and we thought some awards might have to be shared — that turned out to be the case.
The results were checked, and double checked, and the winners of the staff awards are as follows:
Best Teacher — Voted for by Staff
- Mr Probert
- Mr Evans
- Mr Dorman
Best Support Staff — Voted for by Staff
- Mr Lennard
Best Teacher — Voted for by Students
- Mr Ferguson
Best Support Staff — Voted for by Students
- Sam Rugman
- Mr Lennard
The Peak end-of-year awards assembly is one of our favourite events as we get to celebrate the fantastic efforts and achievements of our students. This year, Peak pupils have been amazing, and there were so many awards to present and acknowledge.
Everyone at The Peak wishes staff and students a restful and enjoyable summer break, and we are already looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September.