Day of celebration tinged with sadness at King’s Lynn school


Hundreds of parents and family members gathered at yesterday’s awards assembly to see their loved ones pick up prizes and certificates for their hard work.

The EDP’s chief reporter in West Norfolk, David Bale was the special guest and helped headteacher Gregory Hill give out the awards.

Mr Hill told the assembly that he believed in education and urged all the pupils to follow his example.

He said: “I come from a single parent family in the East End of London and I believed in education, and now have a good job. You can, too.”

Among the pupils picking up prizes was Alissa Howell, nine, who claimed a good samaritan award for helping her diabetic father in an emergency.

Ellie-Mae Kirby, 11, won the award for the school’s top pupil, Chloe Gregory, 11, won a story writing competition and Harry Bartrum, 11, was rewarded for his proficiency in geography. Mr Hill said the youngster could name every world capital, and Harry said his dream trip would be to Egypt whose capital is, of course, Cairo.

But it was a day of mixed emotions for two of the school’s teachers who are leaving. Izzy Rowe, who is taking up a post at a school in Hammersmith, west London, said: “I went to university in London so I’m moving back. I’m really sad to leave, but it’s a bit easier, as my class are going up to high school, so they are leaving as well.”

And Louise Waring, who will be teaching at another Norfolk school, said: “This was my first school so it’s been a massive learning journey.”