Upton Court Grammar School celebrated success on Tuesday 20 September at its Prize Giving ceremony, awarding certificates and trophies to students achieving the best GCSE and A Level grades from the summer 2016 examinations. There were also prizes for overall performance, contribution to the school community, Music, Sports, Young Enterprise and Essay writing.
The annual event was attended by staff and governors of the school, as well as the Mayor of Slough, local Counsellors, Old Paludians, parents and former students now embarking upon University education. Honorary fellowships were awarded to Jean Seeburn for her service to the school as Examinations Officer, and Wayne Dixon of Slough Scripture Union for twenty eight years of dedicated service to the school in delivering assemblies and providing spiritual and emotional support to students.
Guest of honour was Gail Emms MBE, former Olympic silver medallist and world champion badminton player, who commended students as certificates were awarded. She spoke of her younger years developing her badminton skills while improving herself to be good enough to compete as part of Team GB in Olympics and World championships; her experiences demonstrated that success does not come without struggle, a sentiment shared by many of the high flying students at Upton Court.
Earlier in the day Miss Emms held a presentation with the GCSE Sports Science group, discussing sports strategy, the need for mental discipline and sustained commitment to achieve sporting success. She then held a coaching session with a number of the school’s badminton players, and played a few rounds with them.
Upton Court Grammar School Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said “This was a wonderful evening where aspiration and achievement were celebrated. The long tradition of success of the school continues, grounded on the excellent partnership of committed student, supportive parents and dedicated staff.”