SHELLEY High School pupils were reunited at the first-ever prize presentation evening.

The event gave school-leavers the opportunity to collect their GCSE and A-level certificates from tutors and catch up with old friends.

More than 100 former pupils attended the function in the school's drama theatre.

Head teacher John Fowler gave a speech outlining the school's successes.

He said the school was among the top 25% of schools and sixth- form colleges in the country.

There was a 20% rise in the number of students gaining A and B grades at AS-level and the number of students gaining top grades at A-level had increased.

Awards presented were:

Highest achieving girls at GCSE: Katharine Harris and Lauren Fairbairn; highest achieving boys at GCSE: Robert Gaunt, Michael Welburn and George Fahey.

Most improved girl at GCSE: Lucy Skrzeczkowski; most improved boy at GCSE: Christopher Bull.

Most improved girl at A-level: Sarah Cox; most improved boy at A-level: Jonathan Burton.

Highest achieving arts student at A-level: Gemma Marsden; highest achieving science and maths student at A-level: Edward Farnell, who was also the highest achieving A-level student overall. Special awards for being role models went to Lorna Emery, Kelly Gillespie, James Breeze and Kyle Roys.


A HUDDERSFIELD school has celebrated its successes, despite many students facing barriers to learning.

Steven Morris, head teacher of Moor End Technology College, praised students for overcoming barriers which could have prevented them making progress.

"We are not a leafy suburb school. Some of our students face significant barriers to learning. Well over half have English as an additional language and we have more refugee and asylum-seeking children than any other Huddersfield high school," he said.

Speaking at the school's annual presentation evening and prizegiving Mr Morris said the college was in the top 1% of all schools nationally for school improvement.

And last year's GCSE students grades were 16% above target.

Former pupil and England women's cricketer and footballer Clare Taylor was guest speaker.

Prizewinners were: English - Adam Plowright and Laura Jones; maths - Mohammed Ajmal; Lawrence Batley Prize for excellence in drama - James Downey; Avecia Science prize - Mohammed Ajmal; Urdu - Saira Majid: Boxford Technology prize - Conrad Pigford; JCP Bray Prize for achievement in humanities - Laura Jones; ICT prize - Mohammed Ajmal; PE prize - Tia John and Scott Day: governors' prize for services to the school - Besmir Mujo: Holset Shield for academic achievement - Mohammed Ajmal.