Approximately 400 parents and other family and friends gathered in the Sports Hall on the afternoon of Friday 17th October 2014 for our annual Senior School Speech Day. Following an introduction from Chair of Governors Mrs Amanda Redgate, Headmaster Mr Tom Brooksby gave an address. He congratulated the students on the outstanding public examination results achieved in the 2013/14 academic year but also highlighted the breadth of student achievement in terms of sport, music, performance, young enterprise and leadership skills. He reflected on the school’s vital and palpable ethos, the range of educational trips and visits on offer, recent improvements to facilities, the positive impact made by newly appointed staff and the success of the new Vertical Tutor Group structure. Mr Brooksby also emphasised the importance of avoiding complacency and spoke of his determination to ensure that Ockbrook School continues to improve the quality of education which it provides.
Following entertainment from the Choir, the Year 11 iGCSE Instrumental Ensemble and two Speech and Drama pieces, it was time to hear from the Guest of Honour Mrs Fiona Thornewill MBE. Mrs Thornewill shared the fascinating story of how she became a polar explorer and, in particular, her record breaking solo polar expedition. There was a very clear message about the importance of preparation, facing up to adversity and sheer determination in enabling her to achieve her goal. It was then time to present the awards to over one hundred prize winners from our Year 13 leavers to our new Year 7s.
Afterwards, parents, students and staff were able to chat informally as refreshments were served in the Birtill Hall.