Pupils perform ‘out of their skins’ says head

Ross McWilliams with headgirl Sally Seed
Ross McWilliams with headgirl Sally Seed
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St Cecilia’s welcomed back some familiar faces at their recent presentation evening for former pupils.

The previous year’s Year 11 pupils were welcomed back for an evening of prizes, presentation and celebration.

The guest speaker was Ross McWilliam, a motivational speaker who had previously worked with the year group.

He is with Ross McWilliams Associates, a company that works closely with schools all over the country delivering motivational talks with the aim of unlocking pupils potential and discovering hidden talent.

His motivation obviously worked because the pupils were celebrating a great set of GCSE results and the fact that St Cecilia’s was one of the very few schools in the Preston area to have improved its results.

An impressive 80 per cent of pupils scored A*-C in English, while 72 per cent notched up A* -C grades in maths.

Headteacher Paul Trickett said: “Where other schools were nursing a set of results in decline, St Cecilia’s pupils performed out of their skins and made us all proud of their achievements.

“It is a testimony to the hard work of the pupils, the perseverance of the staff and the support of our parents who have made this success possible.

“Congratulations to one and all.”

After the presentations the former pupils and parents had celebratory coffee and cakes in the schools dining room, a nostalgic “one last time” visit of Year 11 2014.

Musical entertainment was provided by Hayley Jarvis and One Minute and awards were given for, amongst other things, service to the school, musical achievement, academic excellence and perseverance.