Famous former pupils Vivienne and Adam return to give awards

Caedmon College students at the presentation night with Adam Lyth, far right
Caedmon College students at the presentation night with Adam Lyth, far right

Parents, students and staff at Caedmon College enjoyed a fantastic evening at Whitby Pavilion, to celebrate the successes of students achieved in 2015.

It was another year of outstanding academic performance across the year groups, but particularly for those in Year 11 and Year 13 who had taken external examinations. The college was fortunate enough to have not just one, but two guests of honour, in the form of two exceptionally talented, former students – Vivienne Perry and Adam Lyth.

Vivienne is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service. She did a degree in Law at the University of Durham, followed by professional legal training and an MSc in Forensic Psychology with the Open University and an LLM in Criminal Law at Anglia Ruskin University.

Having worked in New Zealand and then London and the South East, Vivienne moved back to Yorkshire and currently works in the Specialist Fraud Division.

Adam is the Yorkshire and England Ashes-winning opening batsman, having made his debut for Yorkshire in 2006 and a first-class debut in May 2007. He scored a staggering 1,489 runs in the 2014 County Championship and was widely honoured as County Cricket’s Best Player of 2014. In 2015, he was selected to tour the West Indies with the England Test squad and played against New Zealand.

He played all seven home Test matches for England, including opening the batting in the Ashes series against Australia; he has what is considered cricket’s ultimate honour to show for this – an Ashes medal.

The college’s celebration evening started off in a traditional fashion with an address from Principal, Keith Prytherch, followed by the Student Leadership Team presenting the first set of awards. The evening was compered by Senior Student Leaders at the College – Katy Canty, Paddy McQuade and Kitty Boyle, who did an outstanding job.

The evening saw the presentation of a variety of awards, won by students across all key stages and curriculum areas, interspersed with some thoroughly uplifting music from the college’s folk band.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of ‘Special Awards’ and, in particular, Emily Hansell receiving the Principal’s Award for services to the student leadership team and to the college as a whole.

The closing remarks were given by Vivienne Perry, who described the importance of ambition and aspiration.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a fitting way to end a highly successful year for Caedmon College Whitby.