Hastings’ students shine at Gold Standards award ceremony

An Evening of Celebration, held to honour a record number of Hastings and Bexhill students who achieved Gold Standard in the Scholars Programme, saw three Hastings’ youngsters recognised for their exemplary achievements.

One hundred students in Years 10 to 13, from seven local schools and colleges, were awarded a Gold Standard for their determination to achieve specific goals as well as demonstrating educational progress, achievement and excellence at the event held at ARK William Parker Academy, Hastings

The Scholars Programme, part of Villiers Park Educational Trust’s commitment to improve social mobility in the UK, works with able students from less advantaged backgrounds.

The programme provides ongoing, comprehensive support for Scholars during a free four year programme from Year 10 to Year 13 and aims to raise student’s aspirations and give them academic and personal skills to enable them to gain places at universities or other centres of excellence and to thrive once there.

From the Gold Standard recipients fourteen students were shortlisted for the Mike Baker Scholar of the Year Award which recognises and rewards Scholars who demonstrated exemplary attainment, attitude, manners, contribution, attendance and progress during the academic year. Three or four Scholars from each year group were shortlisted and, Chrissy Baker (Mike Baker’s widow) announced the winners.

The Year 10 Award went to ‘mature and perceptive learner’ Yasir of ARK William Parker Academy. The year 11 outstanding scholar went to Hastings Academy student Maya, and ARK 6th form student Abbey was presented with the Year 12 award.

Jeremy Reynolds, Director of the Scholars Programme said the Evening of Celebration had been a “vibrant and enjoyable evening,” adding: “It was wonderful to hear first-hand about personal journeys that Scholars had made, and Scholar Alumni spoke about the extraordinary, transformational impact of the programme on their attainment.”