Celebrations as students go back to school

Last years Year 11 students from the Brookfield Community School in Sarisbury return to the school to meet the current Year 11 to pass on tips. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142639-198)
Last years Year 11 students from the Brookfield Community School in Sarisbury return to the school to meet the current Year 11 to pass on tips. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142639-198)
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SOME of the top-performing students from a school went back to inspire the next generation of GCSE students.

More than 20 former Year 11 pupils who got top grades this summer went back to Brookfield School in Sarisbury Green last night to celebrate their successes and meet up with old friends and teachers.

The students, who have mostly now started studying at college, also met the new year group to give them a helping hand in what to expect in the coming year.

Cam Williams, who achieved nine A* and three A grades earlier in the year, as well as an AS level in critical thinking, was one of those at the party yesterday.

The former head boy said: ‘I think it is nice that we could get together and meet the younger year.

‘We did not get a chance to mix that much when we were doing our exams.

‘Because I was head boy last year, I got to speak to the new head boy and give him some guidance on how to balance the workload. We also got to meet teachers again. When you are at school, you don’t recognise how much they do for you.

‘It’s great to see all the friendly faces again.’

The 16-year-old has gone on to study maths, further maths, economics, history and his second year of critical thinking.

He hopes to go on to Imperial College to read maths when he finishes his A-levels.

Ria Allan, the school’s headteacher, said students had achieved exceptional results this year.

‘The results have been fantastic and we had more than 40 young people who achieved As and A*s. We have brought them back to celebrate their results and to meet Year 11 students to share their tips on success.’

Chairwoman of governors at the school, Karen Dyer, added: ‘I could not be more proud of them, even if they were my own children.’