Mayor praises LVS Ascot excellence at awards ceremony

LVS Ascot reflected on a fantastic year of education as they are in the top 15% of the country for A-level progress

The Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Alvin Finch, was guest of honour at LVS Ascot school’s prestigious end of year awards ceremony and praised the school for its all-round excellence.

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Alvin, who joined the platform party on stage in front of around 1,000 senior and sixth form students and parents for the awards, said: “It was a marvellous celebration of excellence and everything that is good about the school. You can see how aspects such as academia, sport, art and other activities contribute to the all-round excellence that you see here”.

An introductory welcome from Anita Adams, Chair of the LVS Ascot Education Committee, recapped a fantastic year of inspiring education at LVS Ascot and how as a result that of 13 schools and colleges in Bracknell Forest, including Wellington and Heathfield, LVS Ascot topped the table for student progress at A level in 2017. This puts the school well inside the top 15% in the country for A levels progress. She added: “This exceptional year has shown that our non-selective education is exceeding expectations”.

The school is so vibrant with so many things going on to inspire students, that it is no surprise to see them excel, and today is a great opportunity to reward that – Christine Cunniffe, Principal 

An emotional atmosphere with Year 13 leavers saying goodbye to the school was enhanced by poignant speeches from outgoing Head Boy, Oliver Bonnett, Head Girl, Ella Desmond and Head of Boarding, Ana Vasylyk. They spoke of their experiences, development and friendships gained during their time at LVS Ascot, conveying the special sense of community at the school alongside the academic and all round educational improvement they have felt.

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The prizegiving aspect of the ceremony has always been an integral part of President’s Day and rewarding effort and achievement in each year group and all subjects allows those who excel in specific areas to be recognised for their work. Scholarships were also presented, along with the new Heads of School.

Principal Christine Cunniffe summed up the day and the year: “We have enjoyed a variety of events here at LVS Ascot this year; a visit from Clare Balding, hosting a national girls’ football tournament, the LVS Ascot Festival of Music, through school productions and our Routes To The World of Work events to give our students a head start when seeking employment, to name just a few. The school is so vibrant with so many things going on to inspire students, that it is no surprise to see them excel, and today is a great opportunity to reward that”.