The awarding of this year’s Mackenzie Smith Award for Business and Enterprise was hotly contested, so much so that the staff at Robert May’s School decided it needed to be split between two students: Harry Warner and Tara Steele.

“Both students have performed superbly throughout their Business Studies GCSE and have lent their talents to support the School’s Enterprise operations.” commented Joanna West, Headteacher of Robert May’s School.

Robert Mays school LogoThe guest speaker of the evening was the Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, Member of Parliament since 1987, representing North East Hampshire since 1997. He has a string of highly regarded titles under his belt including Government Whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security and Minister of State for Defence Procurement, a high profile speaker to inspire the students of Robert May’s School during his address.

The School Awards are an important annual event, recognising the academic and creative achievements of the year 11 pupils in all disciplines, from drama to engineering and languages to sciences. Other special awards included the Jane Pratt Award for School & Community Service won by Emily Webb, the Odiham Schools Association’s Awards for the highest achieving boy and girl won by Matthew Alcock and Jennifer Watson and the Special Achievement Awards which went to Caitlin Hilder and Tristan Macgregor, to name a few. A fantastic 31 students were awarded the Governors’ Prize for Outstanding Achievement for achieving 5 or more A* grades in their GCSEs.