Claires Court pupils receive awards at annual speech day.

Grace Witherden

Claires Court Schools held its annual speech day and prize-giving ceremony in the Magnet Leisure Centre on Thursday.

The ceremony recognises students for their hard work and achievements in subjects at the school.

The guest of honour was Professor Andrew Williams, a chartered electrical engineer who works with Claires Court pupils in STEM (science, technology, English and maths) subjects.

Paul Bevis, head of girls and sixth form, said: “These awards reflect the dedication an individual shows to studies, pupils who show passion for a subject and go beyond what is required.”

Some of the awards and honours included a public speaking cup, music performer of the year, actors of the year and the Julian Budd Sports Leadership award.

James Wilding, academic principal, said: “I was delighted that our principal guest, Professor Andrew Williams was able to give our guests and senior school present such a clear insight into the challenge the arrival of new technologies is going to give us, and some indication of how the students themselves as leaders for the future

could take some measure of responsibility for leading that change.”

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