FORMER pupils of Garstang Community Academy paid a visit to school for the annual Achievement Evening.
A number of students were rewarded for their efforts with special prizes, and received their GCSE certificates.
The record breaking graduates of 2011 were joined by special guests for the evening of celebration, including the Mayor of Wyre David Bannister, Mayor of Garstang Lady Dulcie Atkins, and former student and now chief executive officer designate for Cheshire FA Simon Gerrard.
After presenting the students with their certificates and awards, Mr Gerrard made a rousing and entertaining speech, inspiring young people and adults alike with anecdotes from his Garstang school days and highlights from his career in sport.
That included when he led England’s partially-sighted football team to their success in the World Cup in Argentina.
Head teacher Phil Birch congratulated his former students on their achievements, including their recent examination success (97% gaining 5 A*-C, 62% gaining 5 A*-C including maths and English), their outstanding contribution to the school’s proud tradition in the arts, their fantastic commitment to sport, and their great enthusiasm in exploring places as far flung as China, New York, the three peaks, and Cobble Hey.
After thanking staff and parents for their superb support for the school and its students, Mr Birch urged the graduates of 2011 to go out and seize their future.
He said he looked forward to inviting them back to school, like Mr Gerrard, as principal guests at achievement evenings in the decades to come.