A LONG-AWAITED awards night was held at a North-East school to recognise the achievements of Year 11 students.

Peter Gibson, member of parliament for Darlington, presented dozens of prizes to 2021 leavers at the town’s Hummersknott Academy, celebrating students who had proven themselves to be outstanding young people during their time at school through academic, sporting, creative, and community efforts.

Speaking to the students, Mr Gibson said: “I want to congratulate everybody this evening for all their achievements. It’s a real testament to your skills, your talents, and your abilities.

“I wish you all the very best for your futures. Remember that you are a product of a fantastic school, and this amazing town.”

The Northern Echo: Peter Gibson presented prizes to the deserving studentsPeter Gibson presented prizes to the deserving students

The event had been previously delayed due to Covid, but teachers were delighted to welcome back the Year 11 students who left in June 2021 to finally celebrate their achievements.

James Keating, principal of Hummersknott Academy, said: “Every year it’s an immense pleasure to welcome our Year 11s back for this event, and to recognise the fantastic achievements they’ve made during their five years at Hummersknott.

“The last two years have been challenging, but the way these students adapted and took it in stride was amazing. They are everything that embodies Hummersknott, and we are immensely proud of them. I’m confident that they will continue to show the world the ability, integrity, and strength of character that we are celebrating tonight.”


Special Awards: Effie Kendal Award: Sam Rhodes-Dawber and Layna Chang; Eleanor Trotter Award: Andrew Everson and Jessica Fairley; Endeavour Cup: Tyler Walmsley; Rajkiran Trophy: Liam Adam; Adele Waterfall-Brown Trophy: Mia Sinclair; Lady Dale Scholarship: Rana Elawage and Rawanne Elawage; Harvey Gaydon Trophy: Elliot Cook; Mark Scanlon Award: Marcus Rogers; L F Gordon Award: Sam Rhodes-Dawber; Dave Watson Award: Philip Layfield; Black Trophy: Eddie Mackenzie; Jean Thurkettle Award: Madison Parkinson; The Ensemble Trophy: Keeley Octon; Waller Cup Trophy: Esme McDonald; Education Fund (Middleton Greathead): Grace Turnbull; Vision Education Most Improved Learner Award: Isabelle Stephenson; Linda Thomas Award: Hazel Ashford; David Henderson Award: Sam Rhodes-Dawber; James Barningham Scholarship: Jonathan Edwards and Layna Chang; Bob Hattersley Trophy: Freya Wilson; Pat Howarth Award: Elliot Cook; Quaker Running Club Trophy: Sam Rhodes-Dawber and Olivia Douglas-Reeves; Sports Leaders Of The Year Award: Jamie Hughes and Kira Conlon; Dorothy Cameron Award: Sam Rhodes-Dawber and Freya Wilson; Raine-Jackson Award: Hazel Ashford; Principal’s Awards: Hazel Ashford, Luke Bradley, Matthew Brennan, Ben Buckley, Modou Cham, Luke Cvetkovski, Sam Rhodes-Dawber, and Ruby Watkins

Subject Prizes: Art: Zara Choudury, Helen Harker, and Kate Noble; Biology: Sam Rhodes-Dawber; Business Studies: Aryan Agarwal; Chemistry: Naomi De Silva; Computer Studies: Caspar Clyde; Drama: Lana Harris; English Language: Freya Wilson; English Literature: Caspar Clyde, Sam Rhodes-Dawber, and Freya Wilson; French: Philip Layfield; GCSE PE: Philip Layfield; Geography: Freya Wilson; German: Francesca Mais; Health and Social Care: Jessica Mitton; History: Caspar Clyde; Media: May McHale; Mathematics: Naomi Gray; Music Vocational: Kyle McKidd; Music: Eddie Mackenzie; Photography: Esme McDonald; Physics: Sam Rhodes-Dawber; Religious Studies: Imogen Bage and Layna Chang; Science: Helen Harker; Spanish: Lucy Thorpe; Sport BTEC: Kira Conlon, Lucy Oates, and Joe Whitehouse; Technology (Food): Hazel Ashford and Eleanor Westlake; Technology (Graphics Products): Lana Harris; Technology (Resistant Materials): Poppy Smith; Technology (Textiles): Grace Turnbull

Miss Jewsbury’s College Prize: Elsa Butler, Oliver Greaves, Hannah Hayman, Katie Jackson, Philip Layfield, Brodie MacDonald, Andrew McKenna, Katie Noble, Freddie Stephens, Yannah Taylor, Will Thorpe, Daniel Vardy, Ruby Watkins, Freya Wilson, Libby Aitken, Layna Chang, Caspar Clyde, Evan Coates, Kira Conlon, Jessica Fairley, Ellie Grieves, Lana Harris, Toby Lill, Jack Pattison, Riley Pentland, Tegan Ross, Freya Watson, Tyler Walmsley, Oliver Armstrong, Imogen Bage, Olivia Bell, Esme MacDonald, Charlotte Newsome, Khushi Soti, Lucy Thorpe, Grace Turnbull, Olivia Welland, Eleanor Westlake, Elizabeth Wheeler, Lucy Williams, Chloe Wills, Tanisha Ahmed, Jessica Burnham, Beth Chrystal, Olivia Douglas-Reeves, Andrew Everson, Alex Grant, Harvey Mais, Alex Mason, Isabelle Stephenson, Sophia Thomas, Jack Wilson, Aryan Argawal, Elliot Cook, Anna Dixon, Ellie Fry, Eve Goddard, Naomi Gray, Helen Harker, Tom Hunt, Charlotte Jones, Kyle McKidd, Alex Lee-Shields, Sam Rhodes-Dawber, Keeley Octon, and Poppy Smith