Awards galore at annual ceremony

High Tunstall College of Science award winners pictured at the Borough Hall
High Tunstall College of Science award winners pictured at the Borough Hall

MORE than 200 dedicated and talented students were honoured at an annual awards ceremony.

High Tunstall College of Science held its 19th awards evening at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, in Hartlepool, where more than 150 awards were given out to the school’s achievers.

An appeal was also launched to help pupil Georgia Hart, who has been diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare and life-threatening condition affecting just one in 50,000 people.

The Mail told yesterday how the teenager’s family are hoping to raise £30,000 to send her to America for specialist treatment.

High Tunstall College of Science headteacher Mark Tilling opened the awards by telling the audience: “These are special nights in which we celebrate the very best of High Tunstall and say a fond farewell and good luck to our class of 2012.

“It is the time to celebrate the year we have had and the successes of every team and individual student.

“I believe that every one of our award winners are good examples of how students can be successful if they sign up to the ethos of our learning behaviours.

“A successful school needs to have successful academic students and once again this year our students had a bumper year of gaining the academic qualifications and recognition they deserve.

“We should all be proud of them.”

In speaking of Georgia, he added: “Georgia was diagnosed in March 2012 and as a college we wish to support Georgia and her family to help them cope with this terrible diagnosis.

“Georgia’s parents started to raise money for her in September this year and all of the funds raised will go towards life-saving treatment for the condition through clinical trials.

“The family are members of F.A.R.A. (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance) which is based in the USA and we are excited about a new trial to be launched in the Spring of 2013.

“They estimate the costs involved in the first instance to be approximately £30,000 for extended stays and multiple visits to the USA and there are more clinical trials planned for the future in overseas locations.

“As a college we are organising a number of fund-raising activities and supporting the family as much as we can. We offered the centrepieces from the awards as a starting point for the fund-raising campaign.”

During last night’s early-evening ceremony, awards were given in numerous categories and year groups, covering every aspect of life at the school.

Awards were presented by the school’s head boy Jack Waterman, head girl Marianne Holt, deputy head boy Michael Hainsworth and deputy head girl Kate Brown.

Mr Tilling added: “High Tunstall College of science is a great place to be headteacher.

“It has 1125 wonderful young people, 153 great staff who go the extra mile and parents and carers who just want to help and support their children to succeed.

“This is what both the governors and I desire, a successful, caring centre of excellence that delivers a rounded education for the young people it serves.”

● See Saturday’s Mail for more award winners and pictures from the event.