Richmond School rewards students for achievements and hard work

Students have been rewarded for their achievements and hard work at the annual Richmond School and Sixth Form College presentation evening.

The school was delighted to welcome former pupil Captain Catherine Henderson to the event in the school hall.

Catherine inspired the students with examples of how she has learnt to keep pushing the boundaries and never accept anything but performing the best that she can for both herself and her comrades.

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She said: “The basis of my morals, my drive to achieve and be the best, my motivation and determination to face challenges with confidence all stems from my time here at Richmond School.”

Catherine left Richmond School after successfully completing her GCSEs, having passed an Army officer selection board to attend the Military Tri-Service College at Welbeck, where she completed her A-levels.

She went on to graduate with a degree in Mathematics and Business Management from Northumbria University.

Forty four weeks of officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst followed.

She is now platoon commander at the Army Foundation College at Harrogate.

Catherine encouraged the students to look seriously at the diverse range of opportunities available to them, before going on to present the eagerly-awaited awards.

Headteacher Jenna Potter said: “Presentation evening is one of the major highlights in the calendar and year on year we never fail to be impressed with the sheer determination of our students. It is a great a privilege to recognise this.

“The students demonstrate how much can be achieved with the right work ethic and are exactly the role models that our other students should aspire to.

“They should be incredibly proud of themselves, as ever, they are a credit to themselves, their families and their school.

“I want to congratulate all the students as they receive their awards, wishing them continued success both in and outside of school.”

Awards were presented for subjects across each year group with an overall cup winner for each subject, plus a number of special awards.

The headteacher’s award was

Matthew Short with headteacher Jenna Potta.

presented to Matthew Short.


Mrs Potta said: “Matthew is one of the most positive, mature and optimistic students I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

“He always makes life better, in some way, for the people he has contact with.”

Matthew is spending this year doing community sports work and football refereeing, ahead of pursuing either a sports science degree at Sheffield Hallam University or an internship in the bio-mechanics department at Adidas UK.

Olivia Wallis and Ted While were regular visitors to the stage, each collecting two cups and two certificates.

Olivia received the humanities and social sciences cups and the English language award, as well as an examination excellence award for her superb A-level results of three A*s plus an A* for her extended project.

Olivia is taking a gap year to do voluntary work, ahead of studying either history or philosophy at Durham University.

Olivia Wallis with Captain Henderson.

Ted’s cups were for ICT and mathematics, plus the physics award and an examination excellence award for his incredible four A*s at A-level.

Ted is going on to read computer science at Cambridge.

During the evening, the school orchestra entertained the audience and award winners with polished renditions from their repertoire.