Retiring Governor, Mrs Elizabeth Atkinson, joined Assembly on Thursday 18 January to present certificates and celebrate the achievements of last summer’s GCSE candidates.

Mrs Reynolds, Acting Head, began the Assembly by praising their performance and achievements, heralding them as the ‘pioneer students’ who undertook the new specification examinations.

Their achievements were considerable. As a group, 72% of passes were at A*, A and 7+, and three pupils achieved a full set of six A* and three grade 9 marks. The GCSE results as a whole have ranked the School second in the East Midlands and 18th in the UK in the Independent Schools Council League Table of Boys Schools, 2017.

Each pupil was presented with their certificate by Mrs Atkinson who has been a Governor since School began back in 1995. After 23 years of service she retires this year.

Tim Wilson, Chair of Governors, said: “Elizabeth has been a great colleague, friend and supporter of the School over the years. I would like to thank her for her invaluable guidance and contribution to the governing body.

I am sure that although she is retiring she will still maintain her a deep interest in the School, as a Trustee, and particularly in the achievements of Atkinson House, which is named after Mr and Mrs Atkinson as founders of the School.”

At the end of Assembly, Head Prefect Robbie Cooper presented Mrs Atkinson with a bouquet to thank her on behalf of the pupils for her work as Governor.