Wadham students recognised in national awards

NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Abigail French, Bethany Lacey, Rebecca French and Max Mitchell show off their awards after the ceremony in London

THE achievements of four Wadham School students have been celebrated at a national event in London.

The PiXL Student Celebration Awards highlight the achievements of students who have just completed their GCSEs, and just a few schools in the UK are selected to bring nominated student to receive the prestigious awards.

Max Mitchell was recognised for achieving target grades despite suffering from serious illness throughout his time at Wadham School, Beth Lacey for successfully juggling top level tennis competition with her studies and sisters Rebecca and Abigail French for achieving well above their predicted GCSE grades.

Parents and staff shared in their success at the awards ceremony held at City Hall in Westminster.

Olympic Gold Medal Cycling Team Pursuit member Joanna Rowsell-Shand presented the awards.

She gave an inspirational talk about her journey to success and the challenges she faced in realising her dream to stand on the top of the Olympic podium.

PiXL, which stands for Partners in Excellence, is a network of schools that work collaboratively to improve pupil performance, particularly at GCSE level – with impressive results.

A Wadham spokesperson said: “The impact of Wadham School’s involvement with PiXL is evident from the significant year-on-year improvement the school has seen in student GCSE performance.”

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