On Wednesday 18th November, staff, students, parents, governors and invited guests joined together to recognise the outstanding achievements of students from Years 7 to 13 in terms of both academic achievement as well as recognising the many students who have made exceptional improvements in their progress in the last year.
Kamil Dreczkowski (pictured) won the top prize, The Headteacher's Shield for Outstanding Contribution to the Reputation of the School at Key Stage 5 at the 2015 Bishop Thomas Grant School Prizegiving. Kamil, who knew very little English when he started at the school, achieved four A* grades in the June 2015 A-Level examinations and is now studying Physics at Imperial College, London.
This year's prizes were presented by the Guest of Honour Canon Frank O'Sullivan, an iconic figure in South London and veteran of World War II. The inspirational address from the 95 year-old former hospital chaplain and parish priest was well received by the audience of students, parents and governors of the school.
Proceedings were introduced by the school Chair of Governors Kathleen Robinson MBE, who made particular mention of the enormous sums of money raised by Bishop Thomas Grant School pupils for charity - the £20,000 raised in 2014-15 has been distributed to a range of local charities which rely on the school's four houses, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, for regular support.
Headteacher Mr Desa received a standing ovation for what will be his final prizegiving speech after his announcement that he is to retire at the end of the school year. Highlight of the 2014-15 school year had without doubt been the successful Ofsted inspection of November 2014 which had conferred Outstanding status on the school. Mr Desa also highlighted the value-added score which measures the progress made by students after leaving primary school during their five years to GCSE level - this year's score of 1041 beats the Lambeth average of 1009 and places Bishop Thomas Grant at the top of the Lambeth schools value-added league table.
The evening was closed, as is by now a long-standing tradition at the school, by the Head Boy and Girl, Callum Onyenaobiya and Orla Dunlop, who expressed their thanks to both Mr Desa and also all the staff for creating an environment in which they were confident they would be able to achieve at the very highest level.