Head praises pupils for determination

Brighouse High students were praised at their senior awards evening.
Brighouse High students were praised at their senior awards evening.

Head praises pupils for their determination to succeed

During Brighouse High School’s senior awards evening, head teacher Liz Cresswell welcomed last year’s GCSE and A-level students who returned to collect their exam certificates and pick up several special awards.

“It is fantastic to see so many students back here with us tonight,” Mrs Cresswell said.

“You all worked hard to achieve your qualifications and deserve the recognition you are about to receive – enjoy the evening.”

Ninety-four per cent of GCSE pupils achieved five A*-C grades and 74 per cent achieved this benchmark figure including English and maths - results which placed Brighouse High as the top comprehensive school in Calderdale once again.

“As a result of high quality teaching, hard work from the students, a positive ethos across the school and good partnership working with families, we are pleased and proud to say that the majority of pupils managed to secure the qualifications needed to move successfully to the next stage,” Mrs Cresswell said.

During her speech, she explained that the school’s theme for the year was team work and the power of teams, adopting some of the strategies used by Dave Brailsford and the British Cycling Team to look for marginal gains to help improve performance individually and across the whole school.

“A good school is of course about much more than exam results and statistics,” she said. “Beyond the classroom we continue to set new challenges and offer an ever widening range of experiences.

“Our aim as a school this year is to develop even more positive mindsets amongst pupils and staff so that we can build on our success and be even better.

“Each year I continue to be impressed by the hard work and community spirit of our body of students. I am proud that we have so many students who are determined to succeed, who show resilience and overcome difficulties, who are concerned about the environment, issues in the wider world, their families and - of course - each other.

“So long as these values are maintained, I am sure we will continue to be a happy and successful school.”

During the evening, staff and students took a moment to remember former pupil Milena Gagic, who tragically died when she was hit by a train near Hipperholme tunnel late last year.Her parents attended to collect certificates and awards on her behalf.

“We all miss Milena very much and those of us who knew her well will certainly take some time during this evening’s celebrations to remember how special she was and to recognise her achievements alongside those of her classmates,” Mrs Cresswell said.