A Derby Grammar School student has won a prestigious national prize which is open to 5,000 pupils at 440 schools across the country.
Elliot Butterworth will travel to the House of Lords in the New Year to pick up the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Whitbread Memorial Prize 2017.
The Whitbread Memorial Prize recognises and celebrates outstanding involvement in, and service to, the wider aspect of school and community life; in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results.
Elliot, of Etwall, achieved six A* and three 9 grades in his GCSEs in the summer of 2017 and is now studying Physics, Maths and Further Maths in Derby Grammar School’s Sixth Form.
The 17-year-old is no stranger to success, in 2016 he achieved a Gold award in the British Physics Olympiad with his mark in the examination paper ranking in the top 10 of all entrants across the UK.
The 2016 Olympiad competition is set by Oxford University and attracted more than 4,000 entries from Year 11 physicists.
As well as a string of academic achievements, Elliot plays hockey and rugby for Derby Grammar School and is a member of the school’s choir and award-winning Barbershop Choir. He plays in the school’s Swing Band and has embarked on his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award after achieving Silver and Bronze.
The teenager is a member of Christian Union and a vital link between teaching staff and the pupil body in co-ordinating the school’s charity work with the YMCA. He also plays a key role in Derby Grammar School’s work with a school in Tanzania, helping to co-ordinate fundraising activities.
Elliot said he was proud to have won the Whitbread Memorial Prize, which is open to ISA-member schools.
He said: “I was in shock when I found out because I didn’t know that I had been entered for the award. School explained what the prize was and that I had won and I just felt overwhelmed because that was the first I had heard about it.”
Lesley Reynolds, Acting Head at Derby Grammar School, in Rykneld Road, Littleover, congratulated Elliot on his achievement.
She said: “We were overjoyed for Elliot when we received the news that he had won. He is friendly, engaging and trustworthy and an excellent role model to our younger pupils. I was recently tremendously impressed that despite studying for his A Levels and being involved in so many other activities throughout school, he still had the time to bake delicious cakes for the cake stall to raise money during our Charities Week activities.”
Elliot will travel to the House of Lords in February 2018 to receive his award from Lord Lexden, President of the ISA.