PHOTO GALLERY - Pupils are academy’s top award winners

It was an impressive display when Sir William Robertson Academy welcomed two Red Arrows’ pilots as their special guests at its Post 16 Awards ceremony last week.

This was the last of its three awards ceremonies to celebrate the achievements and success of their students over the past academic year.

Flight Lieutenants Joe Hourston (Red 9) and Olly Parr (Red 8) pictured with Sophie Borrill,  Rachael Sutton, Exceptional Performance at GCSE Award winner and Conor Elliott, Outstanding Achievement at GCSE Award winner and sixth form students. EMN-140512-172419001

Flight Lieutenants Joe Hourston (Red 9) and Olly Parr (Red 8) pictured with Sophie Borrill, Rachael Sutton, Exceptional Performance at GCSE Award winner and Conor Elliott, Outstanding Achievement at GCSE Award winner and sixth form students. EMN-140512-172419001

Flight Lieutenants Olly Parr (Red 8) and Joe Hourston (Red 9) helped present the GCSE awards and shared their journey of how they became pilots with the Red Arrows with over 200 guests.

Head teacher Mark Guest said it was a privilege to welcome the pilots: “Their presentation and address to students and their families was captivating and most entertaining, charting their progression from school, university, officer training to becoming pilots. We were delighted that they were able to stay and chat with our students and their families afterwards.”

Simon Cooper, sales director from Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, helped present book prizes to pupils at the Lower School Awards on November 13, recognising their progress and achievement through the year.

Maria Bertelli, Team GB volleyball player, visited the school on November 19 to start a project with Year 10 GCSE PE pupils. Maria was guest of honour at the Upper School Awards, where she presented prize winners with their rewards and gave an inspirational speech. Earlier she spent three hours helping develop leadership and communication skills with students, focussing on mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Maria has more than 100 international indoor volleyball caps.

She represented Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics where the team finished ninth. Maria commented: “Success is about being the best you can be in any situation. Sport has helped me to develop as a person and I’m excited to have the chance to work with schools and their pupils, sharing my story and helping them realise the positive impact sport can have on their lives.”