PRIESTLEY College honoured its Class of 2018 during a ceremony held at St Elphin’s Church in Warrington.
Awards were given to students for academic achievements, personal endeavour and sporting excellence.
Addressing the audience Principal Matthew Grant spoke of a year of landmarks and anniversaries including the end of World War One, 50 years since Martin Luther King’s assassination and 25 years since the Warrington bomb.
“All of these events in one way or another have helped to shape the world we live in today, they are marked down in history and can never be erased,” he said.
“Just as your achievements in 2018 can never be erased, you’ve done remarkable things and left your mark in Priestley’s history books.”
Attending the annual awards evening was the Mayor of Warrington Councillor Karen Mundry, the Reverend Stewart McTaggart and Kelly Simcock, Director of Programme at The Foundation For Peace.
A performance by former student and soprano Erin Alexander, who has sung at the Vatican, was one of the evening’s highlights.
But the real stars of the show were the students who completed their A-Levels and vocational studies in summer and have now started the next stage of their lives.
Among them was Luke Packwood and Josh Sutcliffe who received the Contribution to Community Life and Wider Community Award and Abigail Titchard who won the TCAT Challenge Award.
For their own personal achievements Mark Black, Oscar Dascalakis, Alistair Kressel, Jessica-Lucie Morris, Harry Toll and Jordan Williams were given the Patric Wilson Award for Endeavour.
Faculty area awards were also handed out as were numerous sporting honours for local, county and national performances.
As a year group they achieved some of Priestley’s best A-Level results, with the college’s highest ever percentage of A and A* grades.
Priestley’s best AS results were also achieved in 2018.
In vocational programmes there was a 98% pass rate at Level 2, a 99% pass rate in Extended Diplomas and Diplomas with 129 students getting at least a triple distinction.
In his address, Matthew said the achievements guaranteed the students’ places in Priestley history.
“I’m proud of what you have achieved at Priestley but I’m particularly proud of what Priestley stands for. It is a college that opens doors for young people and, as part of The Challenge Academy Trust, we are now working with other like-minded people and opening doors to progress for even more young people.
“Wherever your journey takes you I wish you continued success and thank you for being such an important part of our history.”