Former Richmond School pupil tells students to use failure to achieve success

Richmond School and Sixth Form College students are rewarded for their efforts.

Students celebrating their achievements were urged to consider failure as a means to enjoying future success.

Former Richmond School and Sixth Form College student Owen Amos told staff, students and families attending an annual awards ceremony of the ups and downs of him becoming a BBC journalist.

If you want to be successful I can guarantee that at some stage you will fail but the important thing is how you deal with that failure and to keep going,” said Owen, who is about to take up a new position as a feature writer for the BBC, based in Washington DC, USA.

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Even during my time at the BBC I have been turned down for at least a dozen jobs and after writing a book was dismissed by about eight publishers before finally going to print.

Every time you fail you have to learn something so that next time you will do better. Failure puts you in a better position to succeed.”

Former Richmond School and Sixth Form College student and BBC journalist Owen Amos.

Students from years 7 to 13 were recognised for their efforts in academia, sport, the arts and community, in subject areas and GCSE and A level examinations.

Executive headteacher Ian Robertson, officiating at his last awards ceremony, said: “I have been privileged to meet so many incredible students.

One thing that is constant in education is the business of change and every year we have something to address. Our teachers have had to tackle new syllabuses, course content and tougher grade boundaries. It is testament to their resilience that we celebrate such achievement tonight.

Well done to our students too. Now it is time to set new challenges. Trying your best is equally important to being the best and what you are as a young person is more important than what you know.

Be busy not idle; be kind not cruel; be straightforward not shifty; be courageous not cowardly. These are the qualities that will reap rewards in the future.”

Cup winners

BTEC Sport Cup: Joe Shields

Business and Economics Cup: Megan Lundberg

English and Media Cup: Charlotte Bunney

Humanities Cup, history and geography: Caitlin Martin

Humanities Cup, Latin and classics: Charlotte Bunney

Information Communication Technology Cup: Ben Rainbow

Mathematics Cup: Thomas Aston

Modern Foreign Languages Cup: Ella Stokes

Physical Education Cup: Sam Winter

Science Cup: Tamsin Nicklas

Social Sciences Cup: Annaleigh Smith

Technology Cup: Syd Dawson

The Arts Creative Cup: Evie Wright

The Arts Performing Cup: Megan English

Blenkiron Cup: Harvey Websdale

Dave Courtenay Cup: Leah McCabe

Soroptomist’s Cup: Erica Baldry

Trustees’ Cup: Gary Walker

Governors’ Cup: Brandon Parker

Headteacher’s Cup: Oliver Carr