03:22AM, Thursday 10 November 2011
A 'memorable evening' was had by all at Desborough School's annual speech day on Friday.
Past and present students, parents, teachers and guests gathered in the hall at the Shoppenhangers Road site to celebrate achievements over the past year.
Awards were given to year 12 and 13 and former students.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious Stewart Barcombe prize to its first ever female recipient, Alison Davis, now the sixth form is co-educational.
Eddie Pearce, advertising director at the Advertiser and himself an ex-pupil of the school, attended as an honorary guest and gave a speech.
The Royal Borough's deputy mayor, Cllr Colin Rayner, was also present at the event.
Assistant headteacher Wayne Stewart said: "We were happy and impressed to see that so many of the prizewinners made the effort to return from university to pick up their awards.
"It made for a memorable evening."
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