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Commemoration Prize Giving 2016

We held our annual Prize Giving last week, an important event in the School calendar celebrating the achievements of girls from Years 10 to Upper Sixth. This is an historic year for Saint Martin’s as we mark our 75th anniversary, remembering the founders Miss Tucker and Miss Bull who opened the School back in 1941.  Girls, staff, parents and governors welcomed former pupil and Head Girl Katrina Handford-Smith as Guest Speaker at Prize Giving. Mrs Handford-Smith is now Deputy Head at Nottingham Girls’ High School and spoke highly of her time at Saint Martin’s. “I am really privileged to have been educated at Saint Martin’s School and have benefitted hugely from a single-sex education where I gained confidence and was encouraged to be the best I could be.” She went on to say that schools like Saint Martin’s and Nottingham Girls’ are leading the way to help girls to smash the glass ceiling, with an environment enabling them to leave school as confident, successful young women, ready to take on the world.

Saint Martin’s School celebrated another set of outstanding A Level and GCSE results this Summer. Head Miss Nicola Edgar praised the girls for their self-motivation and commitment, which has helped to produce these outstanding achievements. “We are all so delighted for our girls”, she said. “These brilliant results are the just reward for all their hard work, and they also reflect the fantastic support of the girls’ own families, as well as the excellent teaching and pastoral care they have received at Saint Martin’s. Staff and students alike are to be congratulated for their dedication.”

The Prize Giving evening is part of the Commemoration events taking place at Saint Martin’s School. A service of Thanksgiving was held at St Alphege Church when girls from Year 3 upwards commemorated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the school. A wreath was also laid on the founders’ grave in the churchyard. The Parents’ Association hosted a Commemoration Ball for girls and parents to attend. Other events this year have included the burial of a time capsule, birthday parties for all pupils and a ball for staff, governors, parents and former pupils. Current Head Girl Hannah Dormon said in her address at Prize Giving “It has been a privilege to be appointed Head Girl in this special year and to take part in all the wonderful 75th celebrations. As the educated women of the future, it is important that we celebrate the foresight and fortitude of our founders, Miss Bull and Miss Tucker, who recognised the importance of providing girls with a first class education.”


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