FAMILIES and staff at William Henry Smith School have been celebrating their annual open day and prize giving ceremony.
Awards ranged from internal academic, social and sporting awards (such as overall achievement and effort in learning or progress in social independence), through regional sporting success in football and sailing, to recognition of a variety of national awards achieved by students.
Guest presenter was Judith Poole, the 76th president of the Brighouse Rotary Club, who handed out the prizes to the pupils before they broke up for the summer holidays.
Head teacher Brendan Heneghan said: “It’s been another fantastic prize giving at the William Henry Smith School where we were able to celebrate the many successes and achievements of our students. Our students are not used to achieving and prior to arriving at WHSS they have seen themselves as ‘failures’ at school.
“We show them that they can succeed and how much they can actually achieve when they put their minds to it.
“It makes the hard work of everyone at school all the more worthwhile when we see the delight and pride on the faces of both the students and their families. We can all now enjoy a well-deserved holiday even if it doesn’t stop raining!”
Six pupils from the school and the learning group have also walked away with one of the prestigious awards at the Engage in their future National Awards.
Billy Ryan Vaughan was given the gold award for outstanding contribution to the community and fellow pupils Callum Johnson and Troy Watson left with silver in the same category.
The bronze award for outstanding achievement went to Joshua Simpson and outstanding personal progress awards bronze went to Josh Mansfield and Leon Smith.
Learning group 3 was awarded the silver award for innovation and creativity at the awards ceremony held at Penkford School, Newton Le Willows, Merseyside.
A spokeswoman for the school said: “We are really pleased, our boys did excellent, a credit to the school.”
Meanwhile reception supervisor Vanessa Talbot has reached the final stage with the national judging panel for the ‘Administrator of the Year’ award.
The winner will be announced at the National Final Awards Ceremony in London on October 6.
Caroline Booth, school business manager, said: “Becoming a National Finalist is a tremendous achievement and we wish Vanessa every success at the National Awards Ceremony.
“This is recognition of Vanessa’s hard work and commitment to the school. She has a great work ethic and always seeks innovative ways of working.
“Vanessa has a number of new responsibilities which she has positively embraced and contributes to the School ethos.
“She is an excellent ambassador and builds solid relationships working in an enthusiastic and efficient manner.”