Former pupils star at Caister Academy awards night

PUBLISHED: 08:34 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:34 08 December 2017

Max Burgess and Caitlin Whittington.
Picture: Mel Simm/Caister Academy

Max Burgess and Caitlin Whittington. Picture: Mel Simm/Caister Academy


Ex-pupils have returned to Caister Academy for an evening of celebration at an awards evening.

Marc Jordan, Chief Executive of Creative Education Trust hands Caitlin Whittington her award.
Picture: Mel Simm/Caister AcademyMarc Jordan, Chief Executive of Creative Education Trust hands Caitlin Whittington her award. Picture: Mel Simm/Caister Academy

The event saw young people rewarded for their academic excellence and their contributions to the school and the community. This year, Caister achieved some of the best results in the school’s history, including:

60pc of pupils achieving the new ‘standard pass’ of grade four or above in English and mathematics

19pc of pupils achieving the top levels 7-9 in English

100pc of pupils being awarded a grade C or above in business studies, music and dance.

Kirby Durrant and Jordana Wong.
PictureKirby Durrant and Jordana Wong. Picture

As well as strong overall results, there were a number of personal success stories including:

Max Burgess, former head boy, who achieved two grade 9s, a grade 8, 4A* and 3A grades. Max plans to study A-levels and go to university to study medicine

Hannah Belt, Phoebe Bradley and Amy Johnson, who each achieved 9 or 10 A or A* grades or equivalent

Ellie Balfour, who worked exceptionally hard throughout her time at Caister and as a result, achieved above her predicted grades in all subjects

Prim Treewitanont with her Tim Kelly Achievement Award.
Picture; Mel Simm/Caister AcademyPrim Treewitanont with her Tim Kelly Achievement Award. Picture; Mel Simm/Caister Academy

Bruna Simao and Prim Treewitanont, who both arrived with limited English and achieved good passes in all subjects

Entertainment was provided by Caister alumni with Jo Wong delivering a piano solo of ‘Valse Lente’ by Oskar Merikanto, while Lucy Cambridge sang ‘Think of Me’ from Phantom of the Opera, and Sean Yates performed ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables. Head boy, Max Burgess, delivered the roundup of the year.

Marc Jordan, Chief Executive of Creative Education Trust, and Alison Vanner, Head of Year 11 at Caister Academy awarded awards and certificates.

Also taking part in the celebrations were associates from East Coast College, Nexus Training and Fusion Hair, who all contributed to the learning of specialist vocational subjects offered to the students.

Max Burgess gives his speech.
Picture: Mel Simm/Caister AcademyMax Burgess gives his speech. Picture: Mel Simm/Caister Academy

Michelle Strong, Principal at Caister Academy said: “Awards evening is always a highlight of the school calendar. Every day, pupils and staff are encouraged to be the best that they can be, and the pupils receiving their awards and certificates are the embodiment of these school values.

Every pupil has worked so hard and deserves this moment to celebrate all that they have achieved. I could not be prouder of them all.”

If you are interested in sending your child to Caister Academy, visit or call 01493 720542.


Animal Care: Shannon Redfearn

Art and Design: Kyle Le Picq

Business Studies: Rachel Ward

Catering: Julia Alison

Computing: Cameron Starbuck

Dance: Caitlin Whittington

Drama: Zak Gallego Ravenhill

Engineering: Reece Baxter

English: Max Burgess

English Literature: Maddison High

Geography: Zara Layton

German: Hannah Belt

Graphics: Phoebe Bradley

Hair and Beauty: Bonnie Lynskey

Health & Social Care: Alanna Boyce

History: Samanta Dambrauskaite

Mathematics: Lewis Gibson

Motor Vehicle Studies: James Saiche-Ingram

Music: Nasya Sellars

Physical Education: Ellie Balfour Resistant Materials: Reece Goffin

Science: Charlotte Woods

Additional Science: Bruna Simoa

Biology: Amy Johnson

Chemistry: Hannah Smith

Physics: Jaiden Knights

Alan Dickenson Award: Bradley Nicholles and Lewis Jones

Kevin Amis Memorial Prize: Hannah Belt

Martin Blackwell: Leah Jacobs

Memorial Prize: Trudy Haylett Prize, Hannah Belt and Max Burgess

Buchanan Hayden Music Prize: Jordana Wong

Clere House Shield Community Service Award: Zoe Faithful

Fastolf Society Drama Award: Kirby Durrant

Kaz Clarke Achievement Award: Victoria Palmer

Tim Kelly Achievement Award: Prim Treewitanont

Sam Murphy Award: Megan Cork

Caister Lads Club Award: Alfie Woods

Performing Arts Achievement Award: Sean Yates

Principal’s Prize: Max Burgess

Governor’s Award and Head Prefect: Caitlin Whittington and Max Burgess

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