PUPILS and staff celebrated an “outstanding” year for Ryburn Valley High school.
Headteacher Honor Byford praised the hard work of pupils at the school’s annual prizegiving ceremony.
She said: “2011 has again been an outstanding year for Ryburn Valley High School.
“Staff and students worked hard to produce record results at Key Stage 4 and this presentation evening is an opportunity to demonstrate our pride in that achievement.”
General of the BBC, Mark Byford, was special guest at the event, handing out prizes to the school’s top students.
He spoke to pupils and their families who had earlier enjoyed a prize- winner’s reception in the school’s sixth form common room.
Pupils from the school’s dance academy performed a Christmas Melody before Mrs Byford addressed the hundreds who turned out for the evening.
“Throughout 2011 the school has continued to develop,” she said.
“In May we opened our new Construction Skills Centre, which was built in partnership with the valley schools and Calderdale College, and extensions to our dining room were also completed this year.
“In the current economic climate it is even more important that our students are equipped with the skills and qualities to face the future with confidence and ambition.
“Our school motto ‘Strive to Excel’ always underpins everything we do at Ryburn.”
Pupils were recognised for their educational and sporting achievements with particular success on the rugby field.
The Sixth Form rugby team were crowned West Yorkshire league winners while the Year 8, 9 and 11 teams all won their respective Calderdale Cup competitions.
The Year 8 cricket team received a special mention for reaching the semi-final of the national schools cricket competition – beating Manchester Grammar School along the way.
Away from sport the school was successful at the Kids Witness News project, winning the Panasonic Award for best cinematograph for a film documentary about global warming.
Prizes were handed out for top performances across all subjects.
Away from school work, Jayna Patel and Jenny Starsmore were recognised for their volunteering.
Mrs Byford said: “As the year ends, Ryburn can look forward to 2012 with optimism. The school will continue to develop fostering the talents and skills of all our community.”