Hartlepool school rewards its high achievers

Olivia Slater receives her certificate from head of college Andrew Murphy.
Olivia Slater receives her certificate from head of college Andrew Murphy.

High achievers at Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Hartlepool were rewarded for excellence at the end of a fantastic academic year.

A long list of students were acknowledged for the progress they have made in a variety of areas at the first Sports and Awards evening to be held at the town college.

It was a special night and one we felt students deserved after a year of brilliant achievements

Danny Evans, director of Dyke House Elite Development Squad scholarship programme

Among those singled out for individual recognition were newly confirmed England internationals Harvey Kerridge, who represents the country in karate, and Jack Ainscough in golf.

Billy Elliot stage star Kyria Cooper, footballer Joe Jackson and netball talent Connie Hampshire claimed the other year group honours.

There was special recognition for Harry Chapman. The Middlesbrough Football Club forward has earned a call-up for his country and earned a professional deal since leaving Dyke House 12 months ago.

He was the first former student to enter the school’s Hall of Fame.

“It was a special night and one we felt students deserved after a year of brilliant achievements,” said Danny Evans, the director of the Dyke House Elite Development Squad scholarship programme.

“We hope that it will be the first of many annually held Sports and Awards evenings at Dyke House and it would be great to see all of our winners in 2015 inspire more to follow the lead set in future years.

“Our students of the year clearly had special periods but there are so many others beneath those who have attained high standards throughout the last 12 months. We wanted to recognise their progress too.”

The Year 7 football team, captained by Philip Angus, was chosen ahead of their Year 8 equivalent as well as the Under-13s tennis team, Under-14s rugby, Unnder-16s golf and Unnder-13s cycling to earn the Overall Team of the Year gong.

A place in the last 16 of the English Schools Cup and being crowned Hartlepool and Cleveland Indoor five-a-side champions were among the Year 7 team’s achievements.

There were also outstanding contribution awards handed to one pupil in every year group with Brooke Newton, Alex Lamb, Kristen Wilson, Jake Oates and Andrew Busby all celebrating.

“We were delighted with the turn out and the standard of entries we had for the awards,” said Mr Evans.

“We also had eight main sponsors who helped make the evening what it was, so I must say thanks to Twenty3 taxis, Urbaneat, Compass Royston, Dave Wilson Decorators, JCS Contractors, Niramax, P Wayper Joinery Services and NES Services.”