The Sid Vale Association presented three categories of award: the Prize for Excellence in Geography went to Safeen Kay and Katy Lockhart; the Prize for Excellence in History went to Alex Seward and Paris Millmow; and Lyris Richards was awarded the Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship. Meanwhile, Ellie Eden received the Waitrose Prize for Food Technology and Charlie Daniel was awarded the Sidmouth Garden Centre Award for Endeavour. The Sidmouth Lions Shield for Achievement and Endeavour was presented to Chantelle Stone and Chris Clarke, and the Sheelagh Michelmore Cup for Outstanding Achievement in Music was awarded to Jerome Blackburn.
Subject awards were presented by Mr Duncan and former Head of Year 11, Mr Long. They were awarded to Katherine Hughes and Kate Martin (Art); Philippa Wyant and Nick Gidley (Business); Chloe Hansford and Brad Buchan-Cabras (Catering); Molly Wiltshire and Edward Hills-Ingyon (Hospitality); Chloe Millar and Yazmin Williams (Drama); Charlie Ough and Myles Reed (English); Katy Lockhart and Rosie Davis-Stokes (Food Technology); Jack Salvidge and Jasmine Moore (French); Molly McAndrew and James Turton (Geography); James Shelley and Ben Cook (German); Ed Oswald and Christopher Clarke (Graphics); Mat Ogley and Max Stennett (History); Katie Tweedy and Hannah Jones (Health & Social Care); James Shelley and Charlie Ough (Computer Science); Evie Morgan and Henry Thomas (ICT); Paris Millmow and Katie Turner (Manufacturing); Charlie Smith and Ione Marsh (Mathematics); Jack Scrivens and Lauren French (Music); Poppy Snowling and Adam Bartlett (PE); Jasmine Carnell and Melissa Thomas (Prep for Work); Safeen Kay and Beth Pugsley (RE Full); Elenya Madeley and Chloe Glover (RE Short Course); Kath Morton and Shane Bilyard (Resistant Materials); Chantelle Stone and Christopher Clarke (BTEC Science); Alice Beach-Barden and Heather Williams-Hill (Additional Science); Ben Cutting and Olivia Drew (Physics); James Pearse and Tara Jones (Chemistry); Olivia Drew and Aaron Bagwell (Biology); and Lyris Richards and Chloe Ratcliff (Textiles).
Finally, the Pinney Cup for the Best Overall GCSE Results was awarded to Safeen Kay, whilst the Bradfords Cup for Best Overall Contribution to the Year Group went to Poppy Snowling.
After the prizes had been given out, the award winners, most of whom are now studying in the College Sixth Form, enjoyed the opportunity of catching up with each other and chatting to staff, governors and guests. Mr. Long, ex-Head of Year 11, congratulated the prize winners for their achievements, effort, enthusiasm, example and commitment. He added, “A big thank you to the College for inviting me back, to be part of this wonderful occasion. I’ve missed everybody, and it is good to have the chance to catch up with you and all of your news. Thanks also to all the tutors who worked with this year group over the last five years. They did such a huge amount to support, encourage, energise, and, when needed, chase you.”
In his speech, Mr. Long drew attention to the importance of mentors and role models in inspiring the next generation of students, just as he had been inspired by three of his teachers at school and at university. He said, "I hope that you will find guides and mentors like these, to help you shape who you will become." He ended, “In whatever you do in the future, I wish all of you the very best of success.”