Hipperholme headteacher bids farewell at awards night

Dr John Scarth and pupils Amber Wrigley (Halifax), Rebecca Sabin (Brighouse), Patrick Lathom-Sharp (Halifax), Gabriella Capone (Halifax) outside Bradford Cathedral after the Hipperholme Grammar School's prizegiving. It was Dr Scarth's last ever service.
Dr John Scarth and pupils Amber Wrigley (Halifax), Rebecca Sabin (Brighouse), Patrick Lathom-Sharp (Halifax), Gabriella Capone (Halifax) outside Bradford Cathedral after the Hipperholme Grammar School's prizegiving. It was Dr Scarth's last ever service.

A SCHOOL said a fond goodbye to its head teacher at the annual speech night.

Hipperholme Grammar School’s Dr John Scarth led the event, which recognises pupils’ sporting and academic achievements, for the final time at Bradford Cathedral.

He said: “This has been another very good year for the school, with wonderful academic results, a significant increase in the number of sixh-form pupils and some outstanding sporting achievements.

“Many of those with excellent academic results have received their awards this evening and it is quite right that we celebrate the success of those that have done well.”

Guest of honour for the evening was Canon Sam Corley, who was appointed as Residentiary Canon at Bradford Cathedral in January.

He said: “As we celebrate our own talents, we also celebrate those who are different from us and have different skills and abilities, so that all of us work to achieve as much as we can with our unique differences and unique skills.”

Prizes were handed out to pupils from Year 7 to 13.

The Jack Wilkinson Prize for English was received by James Johnson, from Brighouse, while the Sutcliffe & Riley Mathematics Prize was awarded to Mark Saville, from Halifax.

The school band opened the night in the grand surroundings of the cathedral.

However, the theme of the night was pupils, staff and parents thanking Dr Scarth for his years of servicel.

He will move to Sri Lanka to become principal at The British School in Colombo.

He said: “My simple advice to you all is never stop learning. It is through an inquiring mind that we will find the extraordinary in the apparently ordinary.

“I congratulate you all for your achievements last year and look forward to watching you grow, learn and prosper and become the leaders of your generation.”