Awards to celebrate outstanding academic achievement and progress were handed out to students at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.
Students who picked up GCSE, A level and BTEC results in the summer were recognised during the academy’s Celebration of Achievement evening.
They included AJ Allen who was in a high-speed hit and run accident weeks before his GCSE exams and achieved a Grade 6 in Maths, and four Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Finance, amongst many other grades.
Evie Young also collected an award after achieving the equivalent of five B grades and five C grades in her GCSEs. Evie lost her dad, Andrew, to a brain tumour and co-ordinated fundraising events for Treetops Hospice during her time at OIEA.
Also recognised were Raj Dhillon, who achieved a 9 in Maths, three A* grades, three A grades, a 6 in English Literature and 5 in English Language and Callum Eyre, who achieved a 9 in English Language, 8s in Maths and English Literature, an A*, three A grades and a B.
Special awards were also handed out including the Danny Corns Award for Art to Maxine Clay and the David Pollard Memorial Trophy for Achievement in Music to Jessica Tinker.
Head Girl Lottie Hardy welcomed everyone to the event.
She said: “Good evening and a big welcome to all of our ex-students, parents, carers and visitors. Currently being in the middle of mock exams I now realise the hard work and the amount of dedication that you all went through in Year 11 in order to achieve the excellent results which we are celebrating tonight. The current Year 11 and the entire student body are inspired by the amount of intervention, holiday classes and sheer effort that went into helping you succeed and secure your further education places. We are proud to be able to class you as part of our alumni at OIEA.”
Principal Nia Salt thanked families, staff and students for attending along with OIEA chair of governors Roy Lyon, the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson and her consort.
She said: “We are hugely delighted that our class of Year 11 and 13 managed to achieve so much last year, despite the extra hurdles sometimes put in their way during their school career. You will always be part of Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy and we are proud that you are. This is a wonderful springboard for future learning for every single one of you but it is also a testament to the care and dedication of our staff team. Tonight, focus on what you have accomplished, rather than a long overwhelming list of what you’ve still got to do. Celebrate every success, no matter who small the win, to cultivate your success mindset.”


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