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  • Chloe wins our Service to the Community Award

    On Wednesday 17th December Vic, John Marshall and I had the pleasure attending the distribution of prizes and certificates at Thornton Grammar School. There were 16 Special Awards and included the Rotary Club of Bradford West Service to the Community Award. The award this year was had extra significance for our Rotary Club because it was won by our former RYLA student – Chloe Savage. It is worth pointing out that the Rotary club sponsor the award but do not have any influence on who will win the prize.

    In all, Chloe achieved the following accolades on the night; the Rotary Club Community award; the Old Thorntonians Prize for overall GCE ‘A’ level attainment; the Head of Year Prize for the greatest contribution in Year 13. Chloe achieved Grade A in English Language, General Studies, and Mathematics and a B in Biology.

    I honestly did not think anyone could have been more proud of a student than what Vic, John and I felt until I realised that Chloe’s parents; Dawn and Darren Savage were sat not too far away.

    The Rotary Club of Bradford West must pay a special tribute to the careful, dignified and sensitive manner in which Thornton Grammar School recognised the achievements of Nisha Lad who died tragically with her family in October 2014. Nisha achieved 13.5 A* - C passes in her GCSE’s, the year 11 prize for Art and Design, the year 11 prize for Religious Studies, the ‘Sunderland’ House prize for year 11 and the GJF Twisleton prize for overall Academic Excellence at key stage 4. The awards were received by a member of Nisha’s family.

    In many ways the climax of the evening was a presentation by Alastair Humphries (http://www.alastairhumphreys.com) who decided, almost on whim, to leave his parents’ home in Skipton and cycle around the world! 46229 miles later, having travelled through 60 countries, 5 continents in 1551 days (4 years 91 days), using 3 bikes, 2 passports, lots of punctures and spending just £7,000 he arrived back home. There is no summary anyone could give that will do Alastair justice, I am sure that every single student present on the night will his remember his ‘zest for life’, his communication skills and above all inspiration to rise and meet any challenge.

    The evening was a great tribute to all members of the School Community including all the staff, those who work with school in every capacity and particularly the students and their achievement

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