Richmond School recoginses excellence at annual awards evening

Richmond School's James Longstaff and Baroness Harris.

Excellence in all areas of school life has been recognised at Richmond School and Sixth Form College’s annual presentation evening.

Students across all Year groups were invited on stage to receive their certificates and trophies from Baroness Angela Harris, the host for the evening.

Headboy and headgirl Saul Tuite and Alana Hodgson welcomed students, parents, carers, staff and local dignitaries and introduced Baroness Harris, who gave the capacity audience a thought-provoking address to motivate the students in their future studies.

Angela urged the students to make the best of every opportunity that comes their way, explaining that throughout their lives doors will open and doors will close, but when the opportunities come along, not to hesitate, they should go for it.

She demonstrated this through her own career path, saying: “I wasn’t always a Baroness, I’m a very ordinary person.”

Angela  started her career as an air stewardess and by taking opportunities she became a member of North Yorkshire County Council, going on to serve as chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority.

A former Richmond town and district councillor, mayor, president of the National Association of Chaplains to the Police and deputy speaker of the House of Lords, Angela is a Liberal Democrat Life Peer, taking the title Baroness Harris of Richmond.

Headboy and headgirl Saul Tuite and Alana Hodgson.

Subject awards were presented for every year group, including an overall cup winner for each subject, in addition to a number of special awards.

The Headteacher’s Cup was awarded to Brandon Sutherland-Parker who impressed Mrs Potter with his drive and passion for dance.

Brandon has carried out countless extra-curricular and community events; from delivering dance workshops in local primary schools and within KS3 lessons, to establishing his own dance company – Evolution – and directing a number of performances and projects.

Mrs Potter added: “Brandon has genuinely had a huge impact on the culture of the dance department as a whole and has helped to create a collaborative and caring community, not only by inspiring and challenging countless younger students but also through the relationships he has built with staff.

“He has been one of the school’s deputy headboys and carried out his duties in an exemplary manner.

“He will be sorely missed. It is wonderful that he is taking up his unconditional BA Hons Dance Studies offer at Middlesex University.”

Richmond School Headteachers Award Brandon Sutherland-Parker with Baroness Harris and Jenna Potter.

James Longstaff and Rosie Collier-Gent were rewarded with the Examination Excellence Awards for GCSE and A-level respectively.

James achieved a full suite of ten Grade 9s at GCSE, with Rosie achieving three A*s at A-level as well as an A* in her Extended Project Qualification.

In addition, James was presented with the subject awards for English and mathematics.

James is now studying chemistry, maths, further maths and physics A-levels at the school’s sixth form.

Rosie was also awarded the cups for English and media and modern foreign languages and will shortly be starting a degree in English Literature and English Language at Oxford University.

Entertainment came from Sophie Montgomery, who performed Mozart’s Non So Piu from The Marriage of Figaro.

 Sophie scored a near-perfect A* score of 103/105 in the performance component of her recent A-level Music examination and she was presented with the Year 13 Music Award.

Headteacher Jenna Potter said: “Every year, we look forward to our presentation evening and are privileged to honour our students who continue to achieve excellence in their studies and enrichment activities.

“These students are great ambassadors for the school and their attitude to self-improvement and striving to be the best they can be is admirable.

“It is an immense pleasure to see the students being rewarded for their hard work.”


Business and Economics Charlotte Lapthorne
English and Media


Rosie Collier-Gent
Humanities – History and Geography Daisy Cooil
Humanities – Classics and Philosophy Flora Allinson-Davies


IT and Computer Science Joe Weaver
Mathematics Matthew Masterman
Modern Foreign Languages Rosie Collier-Gent


Physical Education Sean Thompson
Science Benji Appleby
Social Sciences Fiona Morrison
Sport (CTEC) Emily Treweek
Technology Jemima Love
The Arts – Creative Martha Templeton
The Arts – Performing Joe Grisdale
Areté Learning Trust Kate Turnbull
Blenkiorn Olly Reynolds
Dave Courtenay (Work Experience) Charlie Coles
Governors’ Ben Clarke
Headteacher’s Brandon Parker
Higher York Katie Hy
Soroptomists’ Eleanor Bramley
Trustees’ Joe Mawer
Examination Excellence GCSE James Longstaff
Examination Excellence A-level Rosie Collier Gent

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