Post 16 Awards Celebration

Posted by Suzanne Alexander

Sir William Robertson Academy’s Post 16 Awards which took place on the last day of term, Thursday 20th December, saw a packed hall filled with current Sixth Formers, past students who have ventured off to university, college, apprenticeships or employment and their families. The school is extremely proud of the Sir William Robertson name, a name that captures the principles that it uses to drive the school forward and to equip the students with the qualities they need, enshrined in the school’s mission to ASPIRE. The awards is an opportunity to celebrate examination achievements, and for students to formally receive their GCSE, A Level and BTEC certificates. The awards also recognised our Academic Scholars, Head Students and those with 100% attendance.

Mrs Liz Rijnenberg, a former pupil of Sir William Robertson between 1967-72 was guest speaker. After completing a degree in Social Policy and Administration at Nottingham University Liz trained as a social worker and later joined the Probation Service where she worked as a practitioner, subsequently moving into strategic roles including CEO positions in both England and Wales. She was made an OBE in 2016 in recognition of her services to Probation.

Alethea Meachem from Newark received the Exceptional Achievement Award at GCSE trophy and the Bonfield Trophy for Geography for the highest attainment at GCSE. This award was donated by Aberystwyth University to celebrate our student Amy Bonfield securing a place at the university to study Geography from our first cohort of sixth formers four years ago. Shivam Keshvala, Jessica Chen, Charlotte Jordan, Lewis Hobbs, Dominika Kubanek, Samuel Wright and Charlotte Hinbest all received Outstanding Achievement at GCSE Awards, receiving Amazon vouchers and certificates. Alethea gained four grade 9s in Chemistry, Biology, French and Geography, four grade 8s for English Literature, English Language, Physics and Performing Arts, a grade B in Additional Maths and a grade 7 in Maths and is studying at SWRA’s Sixth Form.

Matthew Young from Newark was awarded the Exceptional Achievement at A Level trophy as top performing student who gained three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and French at A Level and is studying Mathematics with Modern Languages at UCL (University College London). Talented linguist and mathematician Matthew achieved a record breaking fifteen GCSEs in 2016 with 9 A*s including Japanese, French and German and 3 As followed by 4 As at AS Level the previous year. Samuel Boardman, Millie Randall, Olivia Calver-Bridge, Caitlin Colquhoun-Scoffield and Curtis Taylor all received Outstanding Achievement at A Level awards. Millie Randall from Wellingore secured two As in Geography and Media Studies and a B in English Language and is studying Geography at Newcastle University.


Mr Mark Guest, Headteacher commented: “We were delighted to welcome Mrs Rijnenberg back to the school after all this time and show her how the school has grown and developed over the years. We are extremely proud of all our students and it was fantastic to welcome back so many of our former Sixth Formers and Year 11s to receive their A Level/BTEC/GCSE certificates and celebrate their wonderful achievements.”

Head students Georgia-May Freshney and Jamie Redmond presented Mrs Rijnenberg with a hamper gift and gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the school. Mr Brian Lucas, Chair of the Aspire Schools Trust board welcomed students and their families to the special awards’ afternoon and Mr Guest, Headteacher and Mr Alan Brogan, Deputy Head helped lead the proceedings with Mr Guest giving a review of the year outlining the key activities the school had been involved with during the busy academic year. Miss Charlotte Wilson, Head of Sixth Form helped with the Awards. The awards were followed by a buffet which gave students chance to catch up with friends and members of staff.

Click to read: Post 16 Awards Press Release

Non Attendees at the Awards

If you were unable to attend the awards please click on the link below to find out how to collect your certificates:

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