Star students were honoured at the Albany Academy Awards Evening. The former Year 11 students were invited back to Albany so that the school could recognise their achievements.
The awards were presented by Paralympic athlete Rhiannon Henry who competed at three Olympics, including London 2012. Rhiannon gave an inspiring speech to the students about how her determination to succeed helped her overcome her disability, to achieve not only in the sporting world but also in education.
Subject awards were presented as well high achievers awards. Georgia Maple won the Headteachers award for best exam results, as she achieved an incredible 5 A* grades and 6A’s. Former Headteacher, Jon Hayes, returned to award the first ‘Jon Hayes Award for Community Activity’ which went to Kelly Swaby who is Youth MP for Chorley and very proactive in her local community.
Special guest Rhiannon Henry, said, “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to present at the Albany Academy awards evening. It is a great opportunity for me to pass on skills that I think the students will need in the future. I enjoyed being able to explain to the students how I juggled full time education with being a Paralympic athlete. I hope I was able to inspire and influence the students to be the best that they can be in the future. It was lovely to meet such talented students and great staff at Albany, I wish them the best in the future.”
Headteacher, Mr Mayland said, “It’s very important that we recognise the efforts and successes of our students. Albany Academy students have made better progress than students in any non-selective school in Lancashire, so we certainly have a lot to celebrate! The young people of Chorley really are an inspiration, and it was wonderful that they in turn have been inspired by the example of Rhiannon Henry”.