The Headteacher of a Harrogate prep school, Belmont Grosvenor reported on a ‘highly successful and positive year’ at annual theSpeech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony.
Harrogate Mayor Coun Jim Clark, and Mayoress Coun Shirley Fawcett, were guests of honour at the event, held in a marquee in the 20-acres of grounds of the ‘outstanding’ school.
A packed audience of parents, staff and pupils listened as Headteacher Jane Merriman outlined pupils’ achievements in all aspects of school life – from academic and sporting successes to musical and performing arts prowess and charitable fund-raising efforts.
Mrs Merriman said: You cannot all come up to the stage this afternoon as prize winners, but you can all feel immensely proud of what you have achieved throughout the year.
You may have tried hard to improve your work or you may have been a loyal and kind friend. All these successes make up the tapestry of life at Belmont Grosvenor.
Mrs Merriman reported record numbers of children achieving above national average scores in both English and Maths” at Belmont Grosvenor School, which is based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, near Harrogate, and sporting successes across the board, including a 100 per cent winning record at swimming galas, netball, football, cross country,pop lacrosse and biathlon victories.
Guest speaker was Belmont Grosvenor School ‘old boy’ Hugh McHale Maughan, currently reading philosophy, politics and economics at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Prizes were handed out to pupils for a wide range of traditional subjects, as well as the Headteacher’s Award for All Round Contribution, Enthusiasm and Achievement.