Reunited for trophy honour
HEALING School reunited former pupils to celebrate their "outstanding results" at a special ceremony held at Grimsby Town Hall.
They all achieved five or more GCSE passes at A* to C last year – the national benchmark for success – which put the school's achievement in the top one per cent of schools in the country.
Although most of them have now gone onto colleges and sixth forms, they were invited to the annual prizegiving evening this week to celebrate their success.
Principal Ann Addison said: "The mood was one of great joy and great happiness at being reunited with their peers in this very special year group.
"It makes me feel tremendously proud to see these young people achieve such outstanding results, but also proud to be a principal.
"The pupils, the staff and the governors have all worked so hard to make this school so successful and tonight was a great chance to celebrate it."
Competition for the main accolade – the Green Cup for the highest GCSE results – was stiff this year with nine people getting 12 GCSEs at either A or A* grade.
However, there had to be one winner and that was Philip Moseley, 16, who is now studying maths, further maths, chemistry and biology at Franklin in the hope he will get the grades at A level to read medicine at university.
"There has been a great atmosphere. I've worked hard so I'm proud to get the cup and it is nice seeing everyone again," he said.
Amelia Howlett, 16, hopes to work in social care and winning the Health And Social Care Cup was welcome encouragement. She said: "I was so surprised when they gave me the cup. I'm not naturally brainy so I've had to work really hard, which makes it even more satisfying."
Midway through the evening there was some light musical entertainment from a samba band, and afterwards, guest of honour Nigel Appleton, dean of the school of teacher development at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, gave a speech.
Mr Appleton said: "We've been learning it with the Olympics over the summer and you're learning it now – we're all starting to learn to talk the language of success.
"This school does not specially select its pupils and is a testament to what can be achieved with good teaching and hard working pupils."
And it seems the achievement has inspired the next generation.
Year 11 pupil Lawrence Gill finished off proceedings by saying: "After everything we have heard tonight, my year will certainly be inspired to go on and do the same."