BEDALE High school celebrated the successes of the 2011- 12 academic year at the annual presentation evening last Friday with the chief guest, William Hague, Foreign Secretary and MP for Richmond.

The evening began with an introduction by the chairman of governors, David Mollard, who thanked the staff who have taken on new senior leadership roles since September. Noted especially were Colin Morrison, Cliff Iddison and Patrick Barber for their commitment and vision as assistant headteachers and the new deputy headteachers, Mike Mills and Ros Haydon, who have had a significant role and impact.

He also had special praise for the acting headteacher, Anne Lewin, who had managed to lead the school through this period of change.

The headteacher’s report was presented by Mr Mills, who thanked the previous headteacher, Graham Turner, who has moved to take a position in China. He also said farewell to the deputy headteacher of 36 years, Chris Carruthers, Trish Horner for her work with responsibility for data and curriculum, and to Liz Christiansen, Tom Middleton and Peter Sawyer.

He added: “We are also very proud of the recent award given to Adrian Grayson, who was our head of PE and geography and since retiring has gone on to have a significant impact on the development of cricket at all levels. Adrian was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the community, primarily through his cricket coaching.

“I would also like to remember a former member of staff and friend who sadly passed away last term before her time. Glyn Chadwick was a fantastic member of staff who joined the school as a PE teacher and went on to be a highly regarded member of the English department and head of year. She is sadly missed by colleagues and students alike.”

The awards were presented by Mr Hague who congratulated the students.

The school jazz band comprising Peter Chappell, Amelia Cox, Sam Giblin, Joel Graham, Jonathan Heap, Jack Jobling, Toni Kelly, Alexandra Mason, Abigail Walker, Eleanor Williams, David Winlo, Sophie Wood and Hannah Woods performed Harlem Nocture arranged by Blair, and Tequila, arranged by Sweeney.

The following were among the awards presented by Mr Hague: Danny Davies Cup for most improved footballer: Liam Hankinson.

Irene Boreham Cup for netball: Rosemary Allison. Becky Robinson Trophy for effort In girls’ sport: Emily Hayward. Jonny Miles Cup for effort in PE: Thomas Wilford. Martyn Coombs Cup: Harvey Gill. Roy Mitchinson Cup: Natasha Sedgwick. Richard Blanchard Cup for rugby: Alexander Jones. Richard Blanchard Cup for basketball: Harvey Gill. Adrian Grayson Cup for cricket: Harry Jeffery. Outstanding Footballer Trophy: Joshua King. Bedale Sports Cup for sportsmanship: Natasha Sedgwick and Joshua King.

Godbert Trophy: Amelia Cox. Eric Marquis Trophy: David Winlo.

Michelle Atkinson Shield for most improved Y7 pupil: Robyn Weston. Cup for progress made by Y8 pupil: Jamie Macpherson. Y9 Cup for effort: Emily Birks. Y10 Cup for effort: Samuel Gill.

Y11 Cup for effort and achievement: Chloe Allen-Macey.

Richard Lawson Trophy for junior mathematics: Thomas Littler. Moss Cup for Y9 mathematics: Nicholas Barry. Moss Cup for Y10 mathematics: Holly Shippen. Cup for distinction in lower school Art: Autumn Speight.

Bedale Art Group Cup for lower school art: Huw Fenny. Bedale Art Group Cup for upper school art: Alexandra Ord. Ken Dewis Cup for design technology: James Wood. WI Cup for food and textile technology: Cameron Latta. Dalepak Cup for effort In food and textile technology: Amber Fryatt. Bedale Churches Together Trophy for RE: Amber Fryatt.

Cup for outstanding work In lower school English: Milly Hodgson. Russell Cup for lower school French: Sean Mcguffin.

Longstaff Award for languages: Rosemary Allison. Nickery Nook Performing Arts Award: Martin Bennison.

John Barley Award for catering: Jordan Tatum. Dodd Cup for lower school geography: Georgia Mills.

Turner Cup for boys’ geography: Max Dyson. Gillett Cup for junior history: Chloe Myers.

Morton Cup for service to school: Amy Curtis. Young Science Award: Amy Curtis. Cup for contribution to school music: Samuel Beadle.

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Shield for courage in adversity: Sophie Balfour.

50th Anniversary Reunion Trophy: Anya Hockey. Brian Redhead Trophy: Phoebe Robson. Cup for most improved pupil in Y11: James Radin.

Governors’ Cup: Edward John.

Thompson Cup: Edward John.

Chamber of Trade Rose Bowl: Bobbie Coleman. Arkwright Scholarship: Jack Chapman. House Cup winners (donated by the John Family): Americas House – Hannah Woods.

Subject prizes. – Art: Christopher Priestman & Georgina Hall. Business Studies: Jamie Barr & Megan Bradbury. Child development: Annabel Charlton. Drama: Martin Bennison & Abigail Parish. English language: Harvey Gill & Rosemary Allison. English literature: Adam Thompson & Abigail Riggs. French: Harvey Gill & Amy Curtis. FTT: Amber Fryatt & Emily Rawlin. German: Adam Thompson & Victoria Shippen.

Geography: Jack Chapman & Katie Fenner. Graphic products: Lorna Spencer & Joseph Hodgson.

Health & social care: Natasha Sedgwick. History: Harry Jeffery & Ryiah Beesley-Gibson. Leisure & tourism: George Snell & Olivia Mortimer.

Mathematics: Samuel Wright & Eleanor Chapman. Music: Liam O’Neil & Shannen Rowan. PE: Matthew Stamp & Rosemary Allison.

Product design: Jamie Tate-Whittaker & Suzannah Stelling. RE: Harry Stanforth & Natalie Smithurst.

Science, additional: Samuel Corr & Kimberly Webley. Science, BTEC: Robert Boston & Fatema Yasmin.

Science, core: Connor McmillanSmith & Catherine Smith. Science, triple: Edward John & Amy Curtis.

Systems & control: Edward John.

Textiles: Kristina Alderson & Amelia Bell.