Students from Banbury Academy enjoyed a graduation-style ceremony last Wednesday to conclude their final academic year at the school.
In only the second ceremony of its kind, the Year 11 GCSE students were led by a piper as they processed in hats and gowns from the Whately Hall Hotel in Horse Fair to St Mary’s Church.
Sam Newman, head of performing arts at Banbury Academy, said: “The ceremony itself was beautifully complemented by musical and dance recitals from some of Banbury’s most talented young performers.
“Students were enthusiastic and vocal in their support and appreciation of their peers as they shared their work and were recognised for their unique and impressive contributions to academic life.”
Emily Gent, principal, then closed her address with some heartfelt words of encouragement to the students.
Mrs Newman said: “It was a celebratory occasion tinged with a degree of finality as friends said goodbye to both one another and the teachers who have guided them from young children into young adults.”
Popular community figure Dave Earle of Spit ‘n Sawdust Gym on North Bar was voted by students as the winner of the Aspirations Community Hero Award for his work as a town councillor and boxing coach.