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News: High Pavement Society rewards student success

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Our high achieving A Level students were honoured this week (12th September) for their outstanding hard work and academic ability at the High Pavement Society Awards.

The tenth annual awards, which took place at our High Pavement Sixth Form Academy, celebrated students in four special categories, who have gone the extra mile during the 2016/17 academic year.

The High Pavement Society was formed in 1989 by former students of the High Pavement School and High Pavement Sixth Form Academy to mark the 200th anniversary of the original school opening.

Denise Jelly, Sixth Form Head of Faculty, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with the Society which is very important, as we share a mutual respect and understanding of the College’s trusted ability over the years to create great achievers.

“It is an absolute privilege to be able to reward and celebrate the positive performances of our hardworking students in this way and we look forward to the next ceremony.”

Members of the Society present and sponsor the awards which include a certificate, cheque and two year Society membership for the student winners.

Every year, one male and one female student are recognised and given a title for their overall impressive achievements.

Hosan Williams, 19, from Bulwell was selected as ‘Head Boy’ after acquiring two A*s in Biology and Chemistry and two A’s in Maths and AS Further Maths. As a result, his next step is to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds with the aim of specialising in the renewable energy sector. Speaking of his award, he said: “I am quite surprised but very happy to receive this important award. It means so much to me and I have far exceeded my expectations. I am now really looking forward to my future.”

Abigail Filer, 18, from Bingham, received the ‘Head Girl’ award after successfully obtaining three A*s in Biology, Psychology and Sociology. She will also attend the University of Leeds where she will study Genetics. “I am ecstatic and overwhelmed with this award, as I didn’t think anything like this would happen to me. It is good to be part of something that means so much to not only the College but to myself, friends and family,” said Abigail.

The Stanley Middleton Literacy Award was presented to Emily Ekins, 20, from New Basford who gained a B in Creative Writing and two C's in English Language and Literature. She will now go on to study at the University of Reading to pursue her literary career. Emily’s friend, Rachel Sowter, collected the award on her behalf as she unfortunately wasn’t able to attend. Emily passed on that she is really looking forward to studying English at university. She continued: “I think that I would have put my award to shame if I didn’t continue on the English path! I plan on becoming an English teacher in the future and moving to Canada, where I lived for nine years. Over the years, my teachers have inspired me to be a better me.

"Winning the award came as an absolute shock to me, as I know I have trouble translating my love for English into high grades, but it just goes to show that anyone who is determined enough, and puts enough passion into their work and future will ultimately find themselves in a place where they always dreamed they would be, and their hard work will be recognised by those who matter.”

James Shelton, 18, from Clifton, was rewarded with the Ken Bateman Engineering Award after achieving an A* in Maths, two A’s in Physics and AS Further Maths and a C in Chemistry. His results have enabled him to get a place at the University of Nottingham. Speaking of his success, James said: “I am the first person in my family to win such an award and to go onto university, so I feel a great sense of confidence and positivity. The College really did help me get to where I am now, so I am so thankful to everyone there that helped me along the way!”

Colin Salsbury, the Society’s Registrar of Members, who was a student at High Pavement Grammar School between 1942 and 1949, said: “The awards are not just about recognising academic excellence but are also about highlighting a good, positive and enthusiastic attitude to life. We feel that the Society has been successful in what it has established over the years but we are always looking for new members who are passionate about carrying it forward.”

If you are a past or current student at High Pavement Sixth Form Academy and would like to find out more about the High Pavement Society and how you can become a member, please visit

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  • 15th September 2017 (12:00 AM)
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