Welcome return of awards evening

Monday 18th December saw the welcome return of Withernsea High School’s Key Stage 4 and 5 Awards Evening.

The event primarily serves to recognise the hard work of students in years 11 and 13 who are currently working towards their respective GCSE and A-Level qualifications.

Excellence in individual subjects across the full curriculum is recognised, with certificates and shields presented to those students who have been nominated by each faculty for their dedication to their studies.

Awards were announced by a representative from each faculty and presented by either a governor or a friend of the school.

The evening also offered an opportunity for last summer’s exam students to return and collect their certificates at a formal event in front of teachers, friends and family.

A number of ‘Special Recognition Awards’ were also presented throughout the evening. These awards celebrate outstanding achievement in a variety of areas including: academic excellence, contribution to school performances and service to the school council.

The formalities of the evening were interspersed with live performances from the Sixth Form Singers who delivered a beautifully sung ‘Seasons of Love’ from the Broadway musical ‘Rent’, and Year 13 student Millie Good, winner of the Year 13 Music award, who performed a stunning vocal rendition of ‘Salvation’ by Gabrielle Aplin.

The event was last held in December 2014, with the following year’s delayed move in to the new school building preventing the 2015 event from going ahead. The 2016 event was unfortunately cancelled at short notice due to a major power cut which damaged the heating system, forcing an early closure of the school. A rescheduled date in January this year didn’t fare much better when the whole town lost its gas supply for a week resulting in yet another unfortunate cancellation.

It’s safe to say, there were a lot of happy and relieved faces when guests were seen filing in to the hall and it was clear the event was actually going to happen!

Its long-overdue return was a resounding success and congratulations go to the following award winners:



English - Harry Applegarth
Film Studies - Eleri Faulkner

English Literature
- Beth Furniss



Geography - Freya Whitelam
History - Alice Bullock 

- Ellie Kirk
History - Sasha Travis 
Psychology - Millie Good

Mathematics and Information Technology


Maths - Emma Dean
Computer Science - Jamie Dosdale
IT - Rebecca Bacon 

- Sammie Simmonds
ICT - Josh Pickering 

Modern Foreign Languages


French - Emma Spruce



Science - Amy Inglis

Biology - Ross Theobald 
Chemistry - Aaron Williams 
Physics - Ben Fincham 

Sport and Performing Arts

Level 2 Key Stage 4

- Abbie Bowden
Dance - Elle Reid 
Music - Caitlin Hughes
Level 3 Key Stage 5

- Evan Hardcastle 
Dance - Jade Wharam 
Music - Millie Good 

Design Technology


- Ilaria Edmans
Electronic Products - Max Johnston
Engineering - Matthew Sowden
Food Technology - Riece Day 
Resistant Materials - Declan Simons
Hair and Beauty - Zoe Mullen 

- Georgina Shaw
Engineering - Dominic Robinson
Hairdressing - Jamie-Leigh Dixon

Special Recognition Awards

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Ilaria Edmans
Caitlin Hughes
Amy Inglis
Alice Lawson
Danika Mason
Alex Ogilvie
Jasmine Rawson
Caisey Sandell
Owen Spain
Charlotte Tune

Mary Mendham Award
for Academic Excellence in GCSE results

Owen Spain and Jasmine Rawson
Lions' Award
for Academic Excellence in A-Level results

Maisie Baker

Taverners' Award
for Contribution to School Performances

Hannah Mowforth
Richard Stead Award
for service to the School Council

Alex Ogilvie


The history behind the awards...

Mary Mendham Award: Miss Mendham was a well-known and highly respected former member of staff. She joined the school as a Latin / French teacher in 1957 and eventually became ‘Senior Mistress’ - a position she held until her retirement in the mid-1970s. She was a strict yet fair teacher who devoted her life to her profession and the educational success of her pupils. She passed away in January 2015 at the age of 103. The Mary Mendham Award was established in her honour to recognise academic excellence in GCSE results.

Lions’ Award: The Withernsea and District Lions Club have a long-standing association with the school. The club’s members are ‘ordinary people who do extraordinary things’ to help others and support good causes throughout the local community. Globally, the Lions have more volunteers in more places than any other service club organisation. For a number of years the Lions have kindly sponsored an award, named in their honour, to recognise academic excellence in A-Level results.

Taverners’ Award: The Taverners were a hugely popular local pantomime group who, for 15 years, staged annual shows at the Victorian Tavern pub. The pantomimes became legendary - gaining national radio and press attention. The group traditionally donated profits from their shows to local charities and groups. After disbanding in the mid-2000s, it was decided the final profits would be donated to the school as a ‘thank you’ for the loan of equipment. The award was created as a legacy of their donation to recognise outstanding contributions to school performances.

Richard Stead Award: Richard Stead was a highly respected local businessman, entertainment promoter and prominent figure in the community. In 1999 he became an East Riding Councillor elected to represent the South East Holderness ward - a role which he fulfilled with pride until his death in 2012. Richard was a former student of the school and Head Boy in 1962. This award recognises service to the School Council and is a fitting tribute. The award was purchased by Kevan Hough, a friend of Richard’s, to honour his memory and commitment to the community.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Year 11 Subject Award Winners. Photos by Terry Bearpark.

ABOVE: Year 13 Subject Award Winners, plus Maisie Baker (second from the right at the back) - winner of the Lions' Award. Also pictured is Cade Joynson (back row, first on the right) - one of a group of last year's Year 13 students who returned to collect exam certificates. Photo by Terry Bearpark.

Please click here to view/download a copy of the event programme