Top students are honoured

TALENTED students dressed to impress at a glitzy awards ceremony to celebrate their “fantastic” achievements.

More than 50 students at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, had their efforts rewarded at the schools awards night.

St Anne’s Hall, in the school building in Catcote Road, was transformed into a venue resembling Hollywood as a red carpet was laid out for the occasion.

Students who have designed websites, musicians, artists and graphic designers were all handed gongs in recognition of their work this year.

The best chef, speaker of a foreign language and comic strip designer were all also included in the list of 31 awards handed out last night.

And it wasn’t just students who had their work recognised.

In a touching finale to the ceremony the school community group, a group of adults who have been visiting the school and taking part in projects for the last 10 years, were handed the Outstanding Contribution to the Talented Life of the School award.

The award was given in memory of Keith Dormand, the “inspirational” former head of art at the school who died at the age of 67 in March this year following a short illness.

Joy Yates, editor of the Hartlepool Mail, was special guest at last night’s event.

She said: “It was an honour to be involved with such a well organised, prestigious event.

“The students clearly enjoyed the awards that recognised an outstanding array of work across the board.”

Awards organiser and assistant headteacher at the school Darren Stewart hailed last night’s event as a huge success and said it will now become an annual event.

Mr Stewart said: “The big thing about last night was celebrating the fantastic achievements of the students in school and in the community.

“The range in awards just goes to show the cross-section of talent we have here at the school and a lot of credit must go to all of our staff for nurturing that talent.

“We do have an awards ceremony every year which is normally held in October but so much work has been produced from the students over the last year we thought it needed to be recognised at this type of event.”

Mr Stewart thanked guest of honour Joy and paid special credit to Jeremy Gribben, head of arts at English Martyrs, for his input.

He also thanked the English Martyrs Association and school governor Brian Readman for their role in organising the event.

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