Over 230 students at Whitby Community College picked up awards at the annual end of year presentation ceremony.
It took place at the Pavilion and was watched by a large audience of parents, carers other special guests including Peter Dwyer, the director of Children and Young People’s Services at North Yorkshire County Council.
Prior to awards being handed out headteacher Keith Prytherch said the 2012/2013 academic year had been significant to the college in a number of ways. He told how 66% of year 11 students had attained five A* to C GCSE results which was the best set of results ever and that 44% of those were between A* and B.
The college and Mr Prytherch had been working closely with Filey School under difficult circumstances and achieved higher than expected GCSE results and secured a new headteacher. Meanwhile, back at the community college they now had three specialist leaders in education.
He said: “There are many more staff and student stories we could tell today, this is just a small selection. However, I hope you agree that when people work together, share the same ideals and believe passionately in the contribution education makes to life chances of young people, we can do some amazing things.
“Whilst this evening is about looking back to celebrate this amazing year, it is also the time to begin to think about the future. Currently, it is my responsibility to provide challenge and support for the college. I am pleased that I work here because the staff and students want to create outstanding standards in all that we do; together it is achievable.”
He added that the aims for the next three years were to build on the last Ofsted and turn the college from good to outstanding.