Students – both past and present – were joined by family, staff, and governors at The Minster School’s annual Prizegiving ceremony on 15th September 2022.
This annual event celebrates students’ considerable successes, not only in examinations but as significant contributors to the life of the school and wider community.
The annual prizes represent the school’s long and illustrious heritage with many bequests dating back to the early part of the 20th Century. Some of the most historic prizes are awarded by the Old Southwellians, an organisation representing ex-students of the school. These include prizes for the Head Boy and Head Girl and those demonstrating musical and sporting prowess.
During the evening Ben Chaloner, Head Teacher, addressed the assembled students and guests. He reflected upon a school year that had begun under covid restrictions and onsite covid testing and had ended with students taking their public examinations for the first time since 2019 in a society where all restrictions had been lifted. Considering this, the results that the students had achieved were truly exceptional with nearly 90% of Year 11 students achieving a grade 4 or above in English and mathematics. At A Level, 40% of the grades awarded were either an A or A*.
The guest speaker was local resident and former Minster School student Dr Marion Oswald. Marion was awarded an MBE in the Jubilee Honours list for her services to digital innovation. Marion reflected upon her own experience of being recognised by the school through Prizegiving, still having in her possession the book she was awarded, and how society around us is changing.
Congratulations to all prize winners and their families and particular good wishes for the future to those students leaving The Minster School at the end of year 13 to as they embark upon further study at university, conservatoires, or college, begin apprenticeships or start employment in the workplace.