Students, parents and carers, former staff, community representatives and supporters of John Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye, joined headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, his staff and governors for the school’s annual prize-giving event on September 19th. The guest of honour was former student, Dan Cox.

Among the guests were former Mayoress, Anne Gray; current deputy Mayor, Daniel Lister; Cllr Chris Bartrum and Jenny Symmington from Ross Leos. The headteacher said how delighted he was that Don Rule MBE, was able to join them. Mr Griffiths told the audience that Don had gained the MBE for his services in the RAF as a wing commander.

Mr Griffiths congratulated all his students for their successes and efforts. His speech focused on the school’s successful balancing of academic achievement and strong teaching while providing wide-ranging opportunities for students. Mr Griffiths said students had represented the school and the town locally, nationally and internationally.

Lily Powell, William Watkins and Soyam Serchan were the recipients of this year’s Pride of John Kyrle awards. Mr Griffiths praised their bravery, perseverance and good humour in overcoming challenges and emerging as popular and valued members of the school community.

Guest of honour, Dan Cox said how much he had enjoyed his time at John Kyrle and how the experience had prepared him well for Cambridge University and the world of work.

Dan encouraged students to work hard and focus upon how teachers at John Kyrle can help them met their aspirations as they had done for him.

Ben Thorne and Kate Ormiston, head boy and head girl thanked Dan and congratulated all the prize winners and said how impressed they were with all that had been achieved.

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