The evening of Tuesday 23rd of June saw a bitter-sweet farewell to the amazing Year 13 students of 2015 at The Cooper School, Bicester, The annual event is a significant occasion in the Bicester Learning Academy calendar where Directors, Staff, Students, Parents and invited guests come together to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of the departing Post 16 students.

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Director of Post 16 Studies, Mr Mark Doorley said, ‘Our Year 13 students have been a fantastic group to work with this year. They have been excellent role models to students lower down the school and are on course to deliver the school’s best set of A Level results. They deserved a brilliant send off and that is exactly what we gave them’.

The evening was formal but fun as the audience were invited to take their seats at elegantly dressed tables to listen to speeches from the Executive Headteacher, Mr Ben Baxter, the Post 16 Head Boy, Matthew Penny and Head Girl, Katie Baynton-Glenn, followed by a toast by the Chair of Directors, Mr Michael Waine.

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Speaking on behalf of the Year 13 students, Matthew Penny, Head Boy and Katie Baynton Glenn, Head Girl, impressed the audience with eloquent speeches, both humorously and poignantly expressing their thanks to staff and fellow students alike for their support, encouragement and direction over the last two years.

Certificates were awared to staff by the students in various categories, such as the most helpful, best dressed, funniest and most dedicated teacher, amongst others. This was followed by awards for individual student achievements in academic excellence, hard work and outstanding contributions, during their time at Post 16. The final award was ‘Mr Doorley’s Superstar of the year’ award, which was presented to Katie McFarlane for her outstanding commitment to her studies and for her incredible organisation of extra-curricular events during her time in Post 16.

After the ceremony, the students elatedly boarded a double decker bus to take them to The Four Pillars Hotel in Oxford for their end of year Ball.

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It was a memorable and emotion night filled with memories of a wonderful 7 years at Cooper, and winning the ‘Star’ award was something very unexpected but a lovely touch to the evening“. Katie McFarlane – winner of the Superstar of the year award.

The support of the staff throughout the sixth form has been invaluable, but in particular the individual support offered by the subject teachers, who are always available to help” Matthew Penny – Head Boy

There are a people at Post 16  who I think are just incredible because, not only do they teach up and share knowledge with us, but they are some of the wisest people I have ever met”. Katie Baynton-Glenn – Head Girl

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