Glebelands School held their annual presentation evening on Thursday 17 November to celebrate the achievements of the Year 11 leavers.
The evening started with an address from Glebelands Headteacher, Mrs Hutchinson, who said that the school was celebrating their best ever GCSE results despite the increasingly challenging context set by the Department for Education. Mrs Hutchinson went on to say, “This year group will be remembered for their overall contribution to the school community and how they became tremendous role models for the younger students,” and wished them every success in the future.
Thanks were also given to the parents and teachers who had supported students throughout their time at Glebelands. Head of Achievement, Mrs Boniface, shared her memories and reflections of what will be a warmly remembered year group.
Guest speaker, Cranleigh Baptist Minister The Reverend David Burt talked to the students about their achievements and how they had their future lives ahead if they strive to achieve and challenge their hopes and fears. His powerful message was one of encouragement and optimism for the very bright future that lies ahead for every member of the Class of 2016.
Mrs Hutchinson and reverend Burt then presented every student with their GCSE certificates and awarded prizes for service to the school and community as well as for each subject area. Donations for these came from our community sponsors who include: The Rotary Club of Cranleigh, David Mann and Sons Ltd, Cranleigh Freight Services, The Cranleigh and District Lions, One Forty and Cranleigh Parish Council.
Nineteen students were also awarded additional prizes for gaining eight or more A/A* grades in their GCSEs, which is a fantastic achievement.
The evening ended with a collection for The British Red Cross. Over £170 was raised for this important charity working towards preventing and treating children with liver diseases.
The evening was followed by refreshments and an opportunity for students and staff to catch up on the last few months. This was the last time that the year group would meet together as a whole and it was a wonderful evening of celebration.