THE academic achievements of students at a Darlington school have been honoured at an annual award ceremony.

Staff and students at Carmel College, in Darlington, celebrated exceptional exams results, winning The Northern Echo school of the year award, and an outstanding Ofsted inspection at their annual end of term mass and prize-giving evening.

More than 60 staff, students and guests attended the evening, which was led by Father Greg Price, with songs by the school’s music department.

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The theme of this year’s event was wonder and the school was decorated with themed artwork by the students.

More than 20 students received awards in recognition of their achievements and contribution to the school over the past year, including Matilda Weir, who received the young citizen of the year award.

Other prizes included the progress in maths award, which was given to Oliver Tatt and India Lyonette, the achievement in adversity award awarded to Tim Walsh and Peter Oliver, and the faith in action prize which was awarded to Megan Murphy and George Ford.

Toby Gay received the Margaret Lodge Memorial Shield for Modern Languages, while Rachel Gunnell won the year 12 achievement award.

Ezra Laundy-Blair and Jeanne Jose won the first year shield, and Amelia Hughes and Thomas Jackson were awarded the Stephen Hughes MEP Award.