Thursday 22nd June saw our annual award ceremony, affectionately known as ‘Golden Owls Evening’, in which we were able to celebrate the successes of over 120 students who have committed to the school’s ethos of ‘Ambition and Achievement for All’.


This year’s award ceremony came at the end of a special year, in which we have achieved our best ever results, sent the highest ever number of students to outstanding ‘Russell Group’ universities and secured even more success on the stage and playing fields.


As ever, the event allowed us to reflect on a great many successes in Will Carr’s ‘Review of the Year’. Recognising the tough international landscape, Mr. Carr paid homage to the tolerance and respect that is the lifeblood of our school community.


With student attendance at its highest level, with a figure that far exceeds the city-wide average, it was only natural that scores of students lined up to collect their Golden Owl.


The lapel badge is part of the civic emblem of our city and is worn by students for the next year to commemorate their ambition to succeed.


The 360-strong audience and full staff contingent were this year treated to music from Y7 band ‘Four Floors Up’ as well as an anthology of performance poetry delivered by creative writers who were fresh from their poetry camp in Arvon, Shropshire.


Progress awards were given by each department, with Heads of Department depicting the exceptional work that takes place across our corridors during every hour of the day. However, it was Armita Merrikhi and Lewis Bird who scooped the top prizes for Outstanding Contribution to School Life and Chair of Governors, Simon Deacon was on hand to present the award.


Event Organiser and Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, explains ‘Golden Owls is just one of the many ways we reward our students. Teachers agonise over the decisions and the talent from which they could choose made this year’s decision the hardest ever.


‘There has never been a better time to join Ralph Thoresby School, and with over-subscribed year groups becoming the norm in our fast-improving school, we can excitedly look forward to next year when even more of our students will take their moment in the spotlight.’