Cockburn graduates make the grade

Cockburn School marked the beginning of the next stage of the lives of an excellent Year 11 group with a memorable graduation ceremony in July.

Guests were welcomed with a Art and Design exibition featuring some of the best work from the Year 11 students.
Awards were made to students in recognition of their qualities and success focused on the Values and Expectations of the school such as resilience, respectfulness, responsibility and aspiration.

The school’s most prestigious award is named in honour of Kyle Asquith, the former Year 10 student who died suddenly in 2013, but whose organs saved the lives of five others. The award was presented by Kyle’s parents, Tracey and Alex to a proud Sergejs Mezeckis.

Cockburn’s Class of ‘17 with Sergejs Mezeckis flanked by Tracey & Alex Asquith

Headboy and Headgirl, George Monaghan and Jessica Davies, made a triumphant speech that paid tribute to their fellow students and the staff at Cockburn for the hard work and industry throughout their time at the school. The ceremony included stiring performances by Ewan Whitaker and Lily Baldanza of “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Last Night of the World”.

Thereafter, students went home to get dressed up for their Prom at the Village Hotel, Tingley (see below).

The students returned on 24 August to receive their GCSE results. We’ll have more details of these next month.
Special mention should go to Year 11 student Naeem Choudhury who has secured a fully funded place at Pocklington Boarding School for his Post 16 studies.

This opportunity became available through Cockburn’s partnetrship with Into University and the charity SpringBoard Bursary Foundation.

Into University aims to encourage students from inner city areas to attend University. Into University and SpringBoard offered a fully funded place at Pocklington Boarding school for a student who showed the drive and determination to succeed.

Executive Headteacher, David Gurney said:

“Naeem worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity and we wish him the very best of luck with his studies at Pocklington. Like many students at Cockburn he has ambitious aspirations for his future”.