December 2018

Student achievement recognised at Celebration Evening

On Monday 17th December, Withernsea High School hosted its annual Celebration Evening.

The event primarily serves to recognise the hard work of students who are currently working towards their respective GCSE and A-Level qualifications in years 11 and 13.

Excellence in individual subjects across the full curriculum was recognised, with certificates and shields presented to students who had been nominated by each faculty for their dedication to their studies.

Awards were announced by a representative from each faculty and presented by either a governor or a friend of the school.

The evening also offered an opportunity for last summer’s exam students to return and collect their certificates at a formal event in front of teachers, friends and family.

A number of ‘Special Recognition Awards’ were also presented throughout the evening. These awards celebrate outstanding achievement in a variety of areas including: academic excellence, contribution to school performances and service to the school community.

The formalities of the evening were interspersed with a look back at last summer's exam results days and a live performance from Year 9 student Phoebe Agar who delivered a stunning acoustic interpretation of Toxic by Britney Spears. 

The evening was a resounding success and we are grateful to the many parents, carers, guests and friends of the school who joined us in celebrating our students’ achievements.

Our congratulations go to the following award winners:

Language and Film
Announced by Mrs Aldridge (Progress Leader for English) and presented by Mrs McCreaddie (Governor of the School)


English - Jack Middleton
Film Studies - Emily Fincham 
French - Annalea Whitrod

- Imogen Roebuck
Film Studies - Billie Hockless 

Announced by Ms Harris (Progress Leader for Humanities) and presented by Cllr Healing (Deputy Mayor of Withernsea)


Geography - Ruth Chapman
History - Kasia Suchan 

- Molly Regan
History - Molly Regan 

Mathematics and Information Technology
Announced by Mr Hedjazi (Progress Leader for Maths) and presented by Mr Bearpark (Friend of the School)


Maths - Leah Garbutt
Computer Science - Robbie Rawson
IT - Georgie Razey 

- Jasmine Rawson
ICT - Andrew Merritt 

Announced by Mrs Mackenzie (Progress Leader for Science) and presented by Mrs Henderson (Governor of the School)


Science - Holly Wilson
Science - Samuel Coffey 

Biology - Jasmine Rawson
Chemistry - Owen Spain
Physics - Joshua Ryder 

Sport and Performing Arts
Announced by Mr Page (Progress Leader for Sport and Performing Arts) and presented by PC Ainley (Governor of the School)

Vocational Level 2

- Emma Lusmore 
Music - Elysia Thomas 
PE - Cona Dunnett 
Sport - Jordan Cane
Vocational Level 3

- Hannah Medcalf 
Music - Morgan Mahoney
Sport - Lewis Hardcastle

Design Technology
Announced by Mr Bullock (Progress Leader for Design Technology) and presented by Cllr Healing (Deputy Mayor of Withernsea)


- Jay Stephens 
Design Technology - Suzie Parkinson
Engineering - Blake Steele
Food Technology - Skye Osborne 
Hair and Beauty - Abby Bentley
Resistant Materials - Ben Lindgren 

- Megan Baron
Engineering - Joshua Biglin
Hairdressing - Ellie Holme

Special Recognition Awards

Centrica Award
for excellence in Design Technology.

Jacob Bullock

Mary Mendham Award
for Academic Excellence in GCSE results.

Caitlin Hughes 
Lions' Award
for Academic Excellence in A-Level results.

Ross Theobald 

Taverners' Award
for Contribution to School Performances

Billie Hockless 
Richard Stead Award
for service to the School Council 

Molly Atkins 


This year, the Special Recognition Awards were presented by...

Centrica Award: Mrs Chamberlain (Centrica Storage)

Mary Mendham Award:
Mrs Heaton (Chair of Governors)

Lions' Award:
Mr Oldfield (Withernsea and District Lions)

Taverners' Award:
Mrs Hare (Former Taverner)

Richard Stead Award:
Mr Hough (Friend of Richard and of the School)

The history behind the awards...

Mary Mendham Award: Miss Mendham was a well-known and highly respected former member of staff. She joined the school as a Latin / French teacher in 1957 and eventually became ‘Senior Mistress’ - a position she held until her retirement in the mid-1970s. She was a strict yet fair teacher who devoted her life to her profession and the educational success of her pupils. She passed away in January 2015 at the age of 103. The Mary Mendham Award was established in her honour to recognise academic excellence in GCSE results.

Lions’ Award: The Withernsea and District Lions Club have a long-standing association with the school. The club’s members are ‘ordinary people who do extraordinary things’ to help others and support good causes throughout the local community. Globally, the Lions have more volunteers in more places than any other service club organisation. For a number of years the Lions have kindly sponsored an award, named in their honour, to recognise academic excellence in A-Level results.

Taverners’ Award: The Taverners were a hugely popular local pantomime group who, for 15 years, staged annual shows at the Victorian Tavern pub. The pantomimes became legendary - gaining national radio and press attention. The group traditionally donated profits from their shows to local charities and groups. After disbanding in the mid-2000s, it was decided the final profits would be donated to the school as a ‘thank you’ for the loan of equipment. The award was created as a legacy of their donation to recognise outstanding contributions to school performances.

Richard Stead Award: Richard Stead was a highly respected local businessman, entertainment promoter and prominent figure in the community. In 1999 he became an East Riding Councillor elected to represent the South East Holderness ward - a role which he fulfilled with pride until his death in 2012. Richard was a former student of the school and Head Boy in 1962. This award recognises service to the School Council and is a fitting tribute. The award was purchased by Kevan Hough, a friend of Richard’s, to honour his memory and commitment to the community.

ABOVE: A selection of Year 11 Subject Award Winners.

ABOVE: Year 13 and 14 Award Winners.

ABOVE: Caitlin Hughes - Winner of the Mary Mendham Award for Academic Excellence in GCSE results.

ABOVE: Year 9 student Phoebe Agar impressed the audience with a stunning acoustic version of Toxic.

ABOVE: The school's Main Hall was atmospherically lit for the occasion.

EVENT PROGRAMME: Please click here to view/download a copy of the official event programme.