Former students of Chetwynde School in Barrow celebrated their achievements at an annual awards ceremony.

Guest speaker Liam Edgley presented the group of former Year 11's with their awards after they completed their GCSE's in the summer.

Mr Edgley, who is also a trustee of South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust, shared insights from his personal journey with the group.

He is now doing a degree apprenticeship at BAE, however, this was not his first plan.

“You will all go on to incredible things,” said Mr Edgley. “Six years ago when I got my GCSEs I didn’t quite realise the significance of this milestone.

“The exciting part is ahead. You will learn to drive, start work or college. Take this time to celebrate what you’ve achieved and how awesome your achievement is but don’t be afraid of change.”

Hargun Ghuman, who secured eight grade 9s and two grade 8s in her GCSEs, was recognised as the top academic student.

She also received three subject awards and is now studying A Levels with a view of studying medicine at university.

The Mail: Hargun Ghuman with headteacher Steve JeffersonHargun Ghuman with headteacher Steve Jefferson (Image: Chetwynde School)

“It feels unreal,” she said. “I had such a good time here and it feels lovely to get awards from my teachers. It’s such a small school and I’ve made lifelong friendships."

Tilly Greenall received the Governor’s Cup for her all-round achievement and contribution to school. She also received the subject prize for physics.

The Mail: Twins Maya (left) and Tilly (right) GreenallTwins Maya (left) and Tilly (right) Greenall (Image: Chetwynde School)

Her twin sister Maya was awarded the Les Rigg Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Sports, the subject prize for chemistry, and a form award for academic achievement.

Henry Burns received the Holmes Prize for best academic improvement and the geography subject prize.

Chetwynde Headteacher Steve Jefferson praised the outgoing students for their hard work, efforts, and contributions to the school.

He said: "Be proud of all your successes. You have shown the school values of respect, responsibility, and resilience and you take those with you into your bright futures."