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Celebrating Achievement at St Mary's, Menston

20th December 2018

Celebrating Achievement at St Mary's, Menston Celebrating Achievement at St Mary's, Menston Celebrating Achievement at St Mary's, Menston Celebrating Achievement at St Mary's, Menston Celebrating Achievement at St Mary's, Menston

Past St Mary’s student Patrick Kirkham this week joined students, parents and staff as the Guest Speaker at the annual Sixth Form Celebration of Achievement Evening.


Patrick attended St Mary’s from 2004 to 2011.  He currently works for HM Treasury, the Government department responsible for economics and finance. He is currently Head of Strategy for Post–18 Education, following stints working on Education Spending and in the Financial Stability unit.  Prior to this he completed a degree in Natural Sciences and an MPhil in the History of Science, both at the University of Cambridge. 


St Mary’s A level results obtained in the summer enabled no fewer than 78% of the students to go to University to embark on their chosen degree courses, with most of these gaining places at their first choice university.


On the evening, students returned to receive not only their A level certificates but also special individual subject and community awards. 


Individual prize winners were:





Freya Gustafson


Further Mathematics


Georgia Beeton

Applied Science



Ryan Brennan

Lorna Gilroy-Turner

Shaun Street




Anthony Beckwith

Laurence Patterson

Samuel Brownjohn

Computer Science


English Language

English Literature

English Dual

Food Technology



Ryan Brennan

Thomas Candlish

Lydia Jacobs

Emily Hazlegreaves

Charlotte Doherty

Millie Sparrow

Tadhg Collins

Ruth Stone

Product Design

Btec Sports Studies



Theatre Studies


Edward Kerfoot

Hannah Fitzpatrick

Molly Cheetham

Sophia Andryszewski

Jake Marshall

Joseph Williams

Government & Politics

Michal Jalowiec



Health & Social

Kristiana Barzanov





Pauline Hall

Joseph Carter




Special prizes were also awarded:


Highest Points Score at A level

Samuel Brownjohn

Highest Average Points Score at A level

Kitty Bolton and Georgia Beeton

Greatest Progress from KS4 to A level

The Kevin Leaver Memorial Geography Prize

Isabel Richard

Joseph Vincent

Mo’s Prize

Alexander Brantner

Stephen Botterill Award for Excellence in Physics of Forces

and Motion

William Priestley

Aireborough Rotary Service Above Self Award

Mary Monaghan

Otley Lions Achievement Award


Governors’ Award


The Bambisanani and Diana Awards















The Sbonelo Magwaza Award


Rosie Egan


Natasha Cooper, Phoebe Kendal

Laurence Patterson, Jamie Hoar

Ezra Cheng

Tadhg Collins

Natasha Cooper

Ewan Copsey

Niamh Devine

Rosie Egan

Katie Fearnley

Lorna Gilroy-Turner

Pauline Hall

Phoebe Kendal

Larissa Meggitt

Megan O’Connor

Laurence Patterson

George Powell


Ewan Copsey, Tadhg Collins


Eric Dawson Award for ‘The Distance Travelled’

Carys Crow



Music on the evening was provided by. Anthony Beckwith and Rosie Egan


Headteacher Darren Beardsley said,


‘I was delighted to see so many students and their families return to school to recognise the substantial achievements that they achieved in their time at St Mary's.  We were delighted with their academic success, but the evening also enabled everyone to celebrate a wide range of awards, recognising the contribution which the students made locally, nationally and internationally.’