Annamarie Phelps with Senior Prefects Megan Dossett and Harry Webb

“Share your knowledge, support and mentor others and you will receive so much more back,” was just some of the advice imparted by our Guest of Honour, Annamarie Phelps CBE at Prizegiving and was a theme also reflected in Mr Brian Larkman’s final speech to Prizegiving as Chair of Governors.

Annamarie spoke about her journey to the Olympics and how having been inspired by her grandmother’s advice that she could “do anything you put your mind to”, developed a stubborn belief that she could succeed.  She also reflected on how our pupils live in a world that is changing at an amazing rate but should continue to treat people with dignity and enjoy their journey to success as much as the outcome itself.  

“It is always a very special occasion when we celebrate the achievements of our pupils over the last year,” commented Mr Priory.  “To be able to welcome Annamarie who spoke so inspiringly about engaging positively with the world and supporting each other made the evening particularly memorable.  We wish her all the best as she plays a leading role in Great Britain’s build-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

Left to right: Mr Walter Cha, Mr James Priory and Mr Brian Larkman.

The evening also offered the school an opportunity to say farewell to the outgoing Chair of Governors, Mr Brian Larkman.  Mr Larkman expressed his thanks to the parents for being on “a mission together with us” to support their children in creating success and to the pupils he emphasised that the care and compassion they show each other is as important as their achievements.  “My greatest satisfaction is that the school has successfully navigated some tough times without compromising on its values and beliefs,” said Mr Larkman during his speech.  “If happy and successful has been the standard for the last 15 years, maybe active kindness should now sit alongside that.”

Over 230 prizes were awarded to pupils from throughout the Senior School and Sixth Form to celebrate their achievements during the last year.