Harrow Way’s class of 2018 were back in force this week as the former students returned for the school’s celebrated Presentation Evening. The annual event recognises academic endeavour and success, hard work, commitment and personal achievement. Students joined their proud families, teachers and governors alongside special guests from the Rotary Club of Andover and Sophie Roberts, a former student, now successful freelance production assistant working in major feature films.
Commenting on the evening, which is a highlight in the Harrow Way calendar, Headteacher, Michael Serridge said: “There can be no better showcase to illustrate what Harrow Way stands for. These students epitomise our reputation for community spirit, strong academic results and progression which leads to top universities and ultimately successful careers. Our Presentation Evening is a wonderful opportunity to get together with our cohort of summer leavers and say a huge ‘well done’ and for us to recognise a wide range of students for their remarkable achievements in both their GCSEs and throughout their time at school. Success comes in all shapes and sizes and this is an opportunity for us to applaud both academic success and those who have made an invaluable contribution to the wonderful community here at Harrow Way.”
Returning to her old school, special guest Sophie Roberts imparted some words of wisdom and advice before presenting the GCSE certificates and Subject Awards. Recognising that life doesn’t always go to plan A Sophie said: “I had to give up university the first time around due to personal issues, following which I got a job in marketing. After a year I bit the bullet and decided to go to back to university, this time achieving a first class honours degree in Film Production. I now do what I love working in the film industry and have worked on some major feature films including Star Wars Solo, Christopher Robin, the live action Aladdin remake and Justice League. Just so you know, the Hollywood influence is closer than you think. Hampshire in fact!”
Sophie’s ambition is to work her way up in the film industry, to one day be the producer of major feature films.
A very special part of the evening is the trophy presentation, the winners of which are always a closely guarded secret and names revealed on the night were: