A day of celebrations marked the end of five years of education and the completion of GCSE exams for Year 11 students at Tadcaster Grammar School.
It was a time for reflection as students began the day with a Leavers’ Assembly led by Head of Calcaria House and Year leader Paul Walker.
Mr Walker took them on a journey through those five years at the school with an hour long presentation showcasing achievements and talents through photographs, videos, special moments and funny stories.
Headteacher Geoff Mitchell praised all students for their hard work and dedication and presented each one with a specially made ‘door of opportunity’ key fob to remind them of their time at Tadcaster Grammar School.
“I wanted to give our young people something they could keep to remind them that the door of opportunity was opened to them five years ago at Tadcaster Grammar School and will always be open to them,” he said.
“I hope that in the future many doors of opportunity will be opened to them throughout their lives and that they will take away with them fond memories of the part of that journey played by Tadcaster Grammar School.
“It is all too easy in life for ‘doors’ to be closed, impacting so negatively on career aspirations.”
Then it was time to let their hair down with the traditional Wide Games.
The school field was a blaze of colourful costumes with Batman, Tigger, Superman, Mexicans, crayons, clowns, penguins and smurfs all joining in the revelry.
Tug of War, obstacle races, egg throwing and water games were the order of the day.
“The Year 11 students have worked exceptionally hard,” said Mr Walker.
“It has been my pleasure to co-ordinate the Celebration Day which was a fitting end to their time at Tadcaster Grammar School.
“We hope they will take away happy memories of their time with us.”