Pupils’ achievements during the past academic year were honoured at Belmont Grosvenor School’s annual speech day and prize giving ceremony.
Vicar of Hampsthwaite, Killinghall and Birstwith, the Rev Garry Hinchliffe was the guest of honour at the annual event, held in a marquee in the grounds of the independent prep school on the outskirts of Harrogate.
Just days after former old boy and double Olympic gold medalist Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE returned to Belmont Grosvenor to hand out the school’s Victor and Victrix Ludorum sports prizes, awards were handed out to pupils for a wide range of traditional subjects, as well as the Headteacher’s Award for All Round Contribution, Enthusiasm and Achievement.
Pupils, parents and staff at the annual Speech Day listened as headteacher Jane Merriman outlined the school’s ethos of combining a “traditional, high-quality, all-round education with a forward-looking and exciting approach to learning”.
“This year we have focused on developing learning habits with our children,” she said.
“Helping our children to develop positive attitudes towards perseverance is a fundamental part of education, particularly in an age where change is the norm.”
“Children who have the ability to persevere are able to adapt when faced with adversity and should feel confident when solving new problems,” she explained.
She said pupils at Belmont Grosvenor School, which is based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, near Harrogate, were taught from an early age about co-operation and collaboration – and thoroughly prepared for later life.
“If learnt early, they make a huge difference to a child’s happiness while growing up, at school, and later in life – it is no surprise then that this is called a preparatory school!” she said.
Belmont Grosvenor School, along with its Magic Tree Nursery, is set in 20 acres of grounds and caters for children aged from three months to 11 years.
Main award winners presented with prizes at the speech day were:
Alexia Broadbent, Senior Cup for All-round Contribution to School Life; Louis Brooksbank, Adventurous Activities Award; Edward Garnett, Football Cup, Swimming Cup, Cricket Trophy; Sophie Jones, Charities Cup; Rebecca Troy, English Cup, Music Cup, Maths Cup.