Sir William Robertson Academy at Welbourn welcomed the locally born and educated former Commander of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, as its guest of honour at its Upper School Awards Ceremony.
The event on Tuesday November 29 celebrated the success achieved by pupils in last year’s Year 9 and Year 10.
Sir Andrew helped present students with their subject awards of gift vouchers recognising their progress and achievement, before going on to present a number of special trophies for outstanding achievement and attendance.
Sir Andrew addressed the audience of almost 200 people. A former helicopter pilot he was born and educated in Newark, assuming command as Chief of the Air Staff in July 2013 for three years.
Mark Guest, headteacher, commented: “It was a privilege to welcome Sir Andrew to the school. His address to students and their families was captivating and inspiring and we were delighted he was able to join us at such a special event. It was a very memorable occasion celebrating the hard work and achievement of our Upper School students over the last academic year.”
Sir Andrew is the brother of Vice Chairman of Governors, Mandy Moran and her daughter Libby was presented with an award for Girls’ PE Progress.
Musical entertainment was provided by Year 10 student, Charlotte Pearce, who sang Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’.