Octagon Presentation 2017

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Madeleine Robinson to be our guest speaker at this year’s Octagon Presentation of GCSE certificates to last year’s Y11 students.  Madi is a former Meadowhead student and Controller of Corporate, Legal & Governance at Channel 4. 

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Madeleine Robinson (centre) with Mr Fowler (Headteacher), Linda Taylor (Chair of Governors) and students who helped with the evening's presentation.

After presenting the certificates, Madi spoke to the audience of students, families and staff, reflecting on how she felt when she was at the same stage in her education.  Madi told us of some of the inspiring people she has met as part of her job at Channel 4 and showed the advert for the Rio Paralympics, with the theme of ‘Yes I Can’ - whoever you are and whatever difficulties you face, persevere, be the best that you can and keep going!  A really moving and positive message for all our students as they embark on the next stage of their journey.

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The prizes awarded included Service Awards which recognize a student’s commitment to the school community and Progress Awards which seek to recognize progress and achievement. In addition to the All-Round Performance awards at GCSE level (given to students who showed exceptional ability across the full range of qualifications on offer), there were the following two special awards given:

Since the year 2000, a History prize has been awarded in memory of Bryan Marsden, a former deputy headteacher. This year, the Bryan Marsden History Prize was award to Rebecca Walker.

Our second special prize is awarded for science in memory of Phil Mintoft, an assistant headteacher who died in 2003. This year, the Philip Mintoft Science Prize was awarded to Emily Kemp.

We would also like to thank Linda Taylor, Chair of Governors, who began the celebration evening with an address to the students. Thank you to all who came to support the evening and we wish all students the very best for the future.

If you would like to watch the video Madi showed, you can view it via this link:


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Students with their well deserved certificates!