For the fifth year running, Neale-Wade Academy has celebrated the achievement of its students at its annual awards event.
This year, top awards went to Cerys Tatton for overall GCSE achievement and Ruby Baxter for effort and achievement at Post 16.
Gary Peile, CEO of The Active Learning Trust, said “It’s always a pleasure to attend the awards evening and celebrate student achievement. I congratulate all the students who received awards and wish them continued success in the Academy as they move towards their next steps”.
The Academy not only celebrates academic success but also the contribution that they make to the local March community. This year Rosetta Schaunberg-Kent was presented with the Harrison Murray Contribution to the Community Award by Nicola Roberts, Manager at Harrison Murray, March. Nicola said “We are always pleased see to Neale-Wade students involved in our local community and were amazed to hear from Rosetta about her project”. Rosetta organised a swimming and walking event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support; raising over £2000.
Smurfit Kappa (March), who work closely with the Academy supporting young people develop all important employability skills presented their award for achievement in Business to Rebecca Paige-Mitchell. As a recipient of the award Rebecca gets the opportunity to shadow Paul Gavin, Regional Director, during a work placement.
This year the Academy welcomed back former student, Dominic Mohan to speak at the awards ceremony. Dominic, CEO of The Outside Organisation, and former editor of The Sun attended Neale-Wade School from 1982 to 1987. Dominic spoke to students and parents about the influences school has had on his career and advice on how to land a dream job! Dominic said “I have many fond memories of my time at Neale-Wade, particularly the inspiration and advice given by my teachers. Their support certainly helped start my career in journalism. I have been impressed this evening by the dedication of students to achieve and I congratulate all those that received awards. Many thanks also to the staff at Neale-Wade for inviting me back”
Dominic is also a member of the Neale-Wades growing alumni community, now with over 350 members. The alumni, formed in conjunction with the education charity Future First to harness the talents and experience of former students are acting as career and education role models, mentors and work experience providers to our current students. If you are a former student and would like to get involved please sign up at the Future First website.