Speech Day – A Celebration of Success
SATURDAY 4th JULY 2020
“Find your Passion 1 in Life”
It is the warmth of our community that is the fundamental
reason why we are getting through this unprecedented global
pandemic. No one predicted that our 90th anniversary year
would take the path it has, with over a term of the school site
closed and Prestfelde School developed as an outstanding
distance learning school for our community.
We begin our day virtually together in the Blackburn Chapel & Theatre, a place so integral to the community
spirit of Prestfelde School, it is where we can celebrate and enjoy special memories from the year, we do
hope you will all enjoy the Prize Giving and celebration of our 2020 Year 8’s.
We have enjoyed a very successful year in progress and achievement across the school despite the
challenges of Covid 19. From our outstanding Early Learning goals to our 100% pass at Common Entrance
and Scholarship achievements.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been so incredibly supportive throughout.
Our team has given so readily of their time, truly demonstrating selflessness, integrity, objectivity,
accountability and leadership.
To our parents I would like to thank you for trusting us and working with us, your support has been invaluable
in the success of our distance learning. We have all learnt a great deal about ‘learning’ styles, barriers to
learning and children’s independence.
To the pupils, you are quite simply – brilliant, thank you for inspiring us all. You have been dedicated,
supportive, resilient, challenged and hard-working. I am extremely honoured to lead such a truly fine
community through a year when we have all had to adapt and build resilience. As we celebrate together
today, let us enjoy the fellowship of our friends, colleagues and families.
Speech Day and Prize Giving
SATURDAY 4TH JULY 2020 at 10.00am
Trumpet solo by Oliver Connell
Mr Stuart Hay (Custos) welcomes everyone
Growing Up Speeches
Deputy Head Mr Haswell announces The Prizes
Head Boy and Head Girl thanks
Tribute to Retiring Teachers
Blessing by Revd. Alex Aldous (Chaplain)
6H Attainment Isabelle Morris
6H Progress Emilia Griffiths
6H Effort Barney Welch
6H Citizenship Felix Garavini
6D Attainment Atharv Sagdao
6D Progress Manon Harvey
6D Effort Jack Lupton
6D Citizenship Oliver Russell
6S Attainment Kieran Haswell
6S Progress Lucy Hakeman
6S Effort Oscar Wincott
6S Citizenship Monty Sharman
7N Attainment Theo Edmondson
7N Progress Kai Wu
7N Effort Selim Shawkat
7N Citizenship Andrew Frisby
7S Attainment George Rink
7S Progress Will Meyer
7S Effort Alex Taylor
7S Citizenship James Nash
7C Attainment Isabel Tory
7C Progress Natalie Gibbon
7C Effort Katie Jutsum
7C Citizenship Charlie Jones
English (Manby Prize)
Presented in memory of Michael Manby (former Headmaster)
(1970-79) for outstanding achievement in English
Maths (Bryan Prize)
Science (Talbot Prize)
Bryan Music Prize
Awarded for outstanding musicianship
Senior Drama (Furse Prize)
Senior CDT (Eric Lock Prize)
Presented in memory of Pilot Officer Eric Stanley Lock
former pupil and WW2 Fighter ace
Senior Art (Alan Daborn Prize)
Presented in memory of Mr Alan Daborn former Custos of Prestfelde
Most Improved Sportsperson (Evans Trophy)
Chosen by Coaches Sportsman of the Year (Trimby Prize)
Chosen by Coaches Sportswoman of the Year (Trimby Prize)
O’Connor Memorial Prize
(Greatest contribution to Chapel life)
Thirst for Knowledge (Pam Dale Trophy)
Awarded to the pupil who has shown a thirst for knowledge
and outstanding love of learning over the past year
Old Prestfeldians’ Prize
Presented to pupil/s who have contributed most to the academic,
sporting and spiritual life of the School
Woodard Board Prize (Faith, Unity and Vision)
Presented to the pupil who has made a significant contribution
to the spiritual/Christian life of the School
Lucy Groome Memorial Trophy
Presented to the pupil or teacher for achievement in the face of adversity
Deputy Heads’ Prize
Presented to the Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl
Presented to the Head Boy and Head Girl
Prestfelde Leavers 2020
Mrs Johnson, Mr Harvey, Mr Granger, Mrs Allen, Freddie Allwood, Nikhil Atreya, James Boughey, Oliver Connell,
Taliesin Constandinou-Williams, Freya Cooper, Ziggy Corbett, William Daly, Joe Datnow, Gabe Downes, Harriott Evans,
Joshua Froggatt, Clara Garavini, Zoe Gilbody, Timothy Giles, Clem Graham, Polly Hartnell-Beavis, Guy Holman,
James Hoyland, Annabel Jarvs, Edward Key, Jack Kinrade, Grace Leeroyd-Hill, Marcell Mahmoud, Eve Mooney,
Noah Murray, Fergus Scholes-Pryce, Sophie Sharman, Clemmy Sowden, Charlotte Taylor, Dom Taylor,
William Venezia, Dominic Weilds
Scholarships and Awards 2019/20
Fergus Scholes-Pryce Shrewsbury Butler
Clemmy Sowden Shrewsbury Alington
Nikhil Atreya Concord (Maths)
Gabe Downes Rugby
Clem Graham Wrekin (Exh)
Eve Mooney Wrekin (Exh)
Grace Learoyd-Hill malvern St James
Edward Key Shrewsbury michael Palin
Clemmy Sowden Shrewsbury michael Palin
Eve Mooney Wrekin Pendle
Gabe Downes Ellesmere
malvern St James (Riding)
Ziggy Corbett Wrekin Headmaster’s
11+ Scholarships and Awards 2019/20
Emilia Griffiths (Exh)
Lucy Hakeman (Award)
Manon Harvey (Exh)
Ana Sfiraiala (Award)
Emilia Griffiths (Award)
Isabelle Morris (Award)
Dora Winkley (Award)
Saara Wright (Award)
Reggie Bell (Exh)
Alex Robinson (Exh)
Sports Highlights 2019/20
This time last year, our U 13 boys cricket team were about to travel to Oakham School to play in the
National Final against Millfield Prep School. An outstanding performance saw our boys win the match in
convincing fashion to be crowned national English Schools Cricket Champions. Nearly a full year on, the
school has received numerous accolades, not only for this achievement, but the overall provision of Physical
Education. Recently the school was placed 59th in the top 100 Independent Schools for Sport by ‘School
Sport Magazine’. Although much of this year has been affected by the partial school closure, many fixtures
and tournaments lost, Physical Education remains as important as ever for our pupils. It has been inspiring
to see such enthusiasm and commitment during this difficult time, with endless photographs and videos
evidencing sporting activities being undertaken at home.
Sports Highlights 2019/20
U 13 Boys Cricket team recognised as the Best
Shropshire Secondary School Sports team for 2019,
winning the John Beswick Award
U 11 Boys Football team recognised as the
Best Shropshire Primary School Sports team for 2019,
winning the Derek Hayward Award
U13 Lady Taverners County Cricket - Winners
U13 Boys Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt
U 11 Boys Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt
U9 Boys Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt
U9 Girls Shrewsbury School Cross Country Hunt
Cross Country continued
Zoe Gilbody - Winner of the following:
The National XC Championships held in
Intercounties XC Championships held at
English Schools XC Championships held in
Liverpool, this race earnt her England vest.
The British Cross Challenge series which had
events in Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Liverpool and
Loughborough over the xc season Sept - March.
Jack Kinrade – U 13 Abberley Hall Relay Champion
U 13 Shrewsbury School Six-a-side Champions
U11 ISFA Regional Champions, qualifying for the
Independent Schools Football Association National
U 11 Shrewsbury School Six-a-side Champions
U11 7 a side Hockey tournament Moreton Hall –
U13 Welsh Rallies lacrosse championships - 5th
Eve Mooney trialing for Wales
Freya Cooper trialing for England
U13 Oswestry Netball Tournament – 3rd place
U11 Oswestry Netball Tournament – Winners
U11 Shrewsbury School Netball Tournament -
U10 Packwood Netball Tournament – Runners up
U11 B Prestfelde Netball Tournament Winners
U11 A Prestfelde Netball Tournament Winners
U 11 Boys Packwood Rugby 7s Festival Winners
U 11 mix Shrewsbury Primary School Tag Winners
School Games Gold Award
U9 girls 3rd at the School Games (SG) Cross
U9 boys joint 2nd at the SG Cross Country
U10 boys 1st in the SG Cross Country
U11 Winners of the SG mixed Tag Rugby
U9 girls SG Gym competition 8 golds 10 silvers and
4 bronze awards
U11 SG Sport Ability event 1 place overall for Boccia
U11 SG - 1st place in the Regional rounds
U11 champions in the Key Stage Two SG
Hosted Shropshire Gotta Dance Festival
Prep Schools County Swimming Gala – Winners
Extra-Curricular Activities 2019/20
The school continues to add to the variety and depth of after-school clubs and co-curricular programmes
available to the children; these additional activities play an important role in the development of the allrounded
character of Prestfeldians. The programmes allow learning to be delivered in a different context and
environment. The pupils increase their repertoire of skills and build resilience in challenging activities. This
year we have continued to grow the breadth of clubs on offer.
The Drama club has become very popular, the production of The Tempest was superb and demonstrated the
level of talent and commitment present in our children. The Dance club has again been strongly supported
by all year groups and the improvements have been enjoyed in many assembly performances. The STEM
club has attracted both Senior and Middle school pupils; its popularity meaning we have had to rotate pupils
each half term in order to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend. The Chess club under the guidance
of Mr Evans has also seen increased participation. Aikido, Journalism and Dodgeball have remained
popular amongst the children.
The Saturday morning progamme of activities has seen strong attendance for Football, Lacrosse/Netball
and Rugby. In the Rugby season we hosted a session with Newport and Bridgnorth Rugby Clubs which was
very well received by both players and spectators; its success should lead to this occurring more frequently.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the Saturday sessions was the invitation to parents to attend a coaching/match
lesson in both Netball and Lacrosse with their children; it proved to be a very competitive affair. Our Saturday
Cookery class has seen our budding chefs produce a wide range of savoury and sweet dishes.
The John Muir Award has gained further momentum throughout Middle and Senior school. In Middle School
the children have been working towards their Discovery and Explorer awards. The Year 6, as our first ever
John Muir group have started the top Conserver award which will be completed throughout their Senior
Finally, can I say a very big thank you to all the pupils, parents and teachers for their participation and effort
in all our varied activities. I hope that everyone has found something to enjoy, learn and be challenged by.
Mr Dave Harvey, Director of Activities
Music Review 2019/20
No House Music, no “Olivia!”, no Annual Concert, no external concerts in Abbey or St Alkmund’s, no
Speech Day at school due to lockdown. ABRSM exams in Spring and Summer Terms were also abandoned.
The most unusual year and quite unexpected for my final one!
Peripatetic lessons have been taught successfully through remote access during the lockdown and continues
possibly till January 2021.
Music teaching online has (within limitations) proved very successful, with almost all peris teaching in this
way, and some excellent class work has been presented to Mr Lund via video, mp3 and pictures too –
especially from a most promising Middle School.
Peripatetic team – lost Mrs Clare Horgan, replaced her with Mrs Julia Hargreaves, wife of John. Some good
young violinists coming up through the school. Jessica Weaver leads the way at present having completed on
average 12 significant practices a week since the start of lockdown in March.
Ms Esther Beard returned as Mrs Esther Randall after the summer, having married singing teacher (Andrew)
at Shrewsbury School. Congratulations!
Carol Service in December in Shrewsbury School Chapel. Largest senior choir ever. Stand-out piece “Hark
how the Bells”.
Edward Key sang solo part of “Three Kings” in Carol Service – exceptional quality of voice, gives the lie to
‘boys don’t sing’. They do at Prestfelde – and very well!
Ben Farquharson took the difficult solo in “Longfellow’s Carol”, one of two items written by a certain
prominent local composer.
Orchestra Concert deferred to January to preserve the sanity of the top year – included Jurassic Park (with an
exposed and brave solo opening on French horn from Fergus Scholes-Pryce)
Awarded internal music scholarships at 11+ to Benedict Farquharson (oboe, violin, voice) and Barney Welch
(trombone, piano, drums, voice)
Oliver Connell top music scholarship to Shrewsbury School on trumpet, piano and also voice.
Woodard Young Musician of Year – four entered and Oliver Connell was selected for Final, held in May.
Should have been in Birmingham, but was ultimately conducted online. Oliver learned a Grade 8 piece and
performed remotely for this competition. He was commended, but not placed in first two.
Appointment as Director of Music from September of Mr Adrian Kindred, former Lichfield Cathedral chorister
and Old Salopian, a clarinettist and saxophonist.
Mr J. Lund, Director of Music
From the Art Department
Although this term has looked very different for our artists at Prestfelde, there has been
no shortage of creativity to celebrate across every year in the school. Pupils continue
to demonstrate exceptional progress and individuality, particularly during a season of
remote learning with more limited resources available.
At the start of the academic year, our Senior School pupils continued to impress me
with the quality of the work they produce, both in 2D and 3D forms – proving that
if you don’t put a ceiling on a pupil’s ability to create, then the sky really is the limit!
Particular congratulations go to Charlotte Taylor, James Boughey and William Venezia,
who have all been awarded Art Scholarships to their Senior Schools. Charlotte Taylor
(Art Scholarship to Shrewsbury School), produced a varied portfolio of work that
demonstrated a strong understanding of colour and form in her work as well as an
outstanding use of a range of mediums to bring her work to life. James Boughey (Art
Scholarship to Wrekin College) demonstrated huge creativity, experimentation in his
portfolio. His passion and enthusiasm for art is evident in every piece he produces,
with a particular strength in his use of tone, colour and proportion. William Venezia
(Art Scholarship to Wrekin College) produced a superb portfolio of work, showing his
flair for drawing. He uses tone, texture, highlights and shadows to create realistic and
detailed sketches. Where he adds colour to his work, William does so with precision
and a creativity.
Pupils are recognised for their progress, ability, and talent through the ‘Artist of the
Week’ awards, which are given to pupils each week in celebration chapel, chosen
from both Senior School and Middle School lessons. More recently we have had a
‘Weekly Isolation Art Challenge’ running for the past 12 weeks. This has highlighted
how Art really is for everyone and that creativity can come from anywhere. We have
had responses from pupils in Little Prestfelde, all the way through Middle School and
Senior School, as well as staff, parents and people in the wider community! With over
60 entries every week, Prestfelde continues to enable creativity to take an important
place across school life, providing opportunities for pupils to extend their learning and
love of Art further.
Mrs H. Allen, Head of Art
The actor Willem Defoe said: “With Theatre, you have to be ready for anything.” Well, I don’t think any of us, however skilled in the
world of theatre have been ready for what has hit us this year. What a year we have had and a real shame that performances were
cancelled or not even begun as a result.
Having said that, there has been a wealth of creativity and drama in different forms, and at the start of the year when all was
“normal,” the Year 8s treated us to a magical and enchanting performance of The Tempest. Many of these pupils had last year
performed in Hard to Swallow and Two Weeks with the Queen. It was great to see them back in full swing, as well as welcoming
some newcomers. It seemed that the cast were even more professional this term with a few plays behind them, able to take bold risks
and work as an ensemble. We made a few tweaks to the original casting of the play; I am hopeful that The Bard will forgive us for
this and hope that he approves of our decision in order to let everyone have a go! So this made for 3 Calibans hiding in the large
laundry basket - a bit of a squeeze but worth it for a laugh! We had 3 Prosperos too and 2 Aerials dancing around with grace. Lots
of fairy lights and wonderful costumes and set thanks to Karen Hartnell-Beavis, Mrs Wynne’s creations from past productions and the
Prestfelde site staff. Great too to have some live musicians playing for us. Well done all! It was also a pleasure to take many Year 8s
to Theatre Severn to watch a fantastic performances of An Inspector Calls.
Sadly, the Drama Showcase was cancelled due to Lockdown. Pupils had been rehearsing some excellent scenes both in Drama Club
and in lesson time - many were going to share with you their work on using physicality within performance and creating inanimate
objects such as toasters, blenders, Alexa as well as some interesting events that happened when these sorts of machines go wrong.
Had we known what we were in for, we should have also created ZOOM and LOOM scenes too!
Many Year 7 pupils loved their Musical Theatre day at Shrewsbury School; this was great to see them in action trying new things
singing, dancing and acting. Saturday Drama was also a hit with some amazing improvisations - Year 5 were among the newest
and very enthusiastic attendees - raiding the props and costumes cupboard for all sorts of treats to engage and inspire their
Congratulations to those pupils who worked hard for Drama Scholarships, be it All-Rounder or full
Scholarship. Many were successful in All-Rounders and congratulations to those and to all who
tried for them. Well done of course to Clara Garavini for her Drama Scholarship to Shrewsbury
School, to Eve Mooney for her Drama Exhibition to Wrekin, and Clem Graham for his Drama
Scholarship to Wrekin. Drama Challenges in Lockdown gave birth to a range of heartfelt lockdown
monologues, virtual teacher puppets, excellent costume challenges and interpretations of Macbeth.
Lots of pupils took up the Virtual Shakespeare day set up by
Shrewsbury School too. Well done all for your creativity and
Good Luck to Year 8’s and I wish you well for your future schools.
Annabel Scott, Head of Drama
Though the Summer term has been challenging for our whole school community during these unprecedented times, our
Prestfeldians have continued to show an outstanding attitude to learning in English. I am incredibly proud of the amazing
progress our pupils have made throughout the year, particularly during our distance-learning programme; they have
each demonstrated resilience, perseverance and enthusiasm whilst getting to grips with our new virtual classrooms, and
have developed new skills that I have no doubt will continue through into our curriculum as we return to school. Due to our
unexpected school closure, many of our English events, trips and competitions have not been able to go ahead, namely
our annual Year 6 ESB exams (which, upon consultation with both pupils and parents, will now take place in Year 7), our
Year 8 trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company, various writing competitions and our planned debate competition at Wrekin
College. However, we were still able to fit in some exciting events during the Autumn and Spring terms.
One of our highlights in English was taking part in Shrewsbury Bookfest 2020, where Year 6 pupils had the privilege of
reading six fabulous shortlisted novels and vote for their favourite book. As part of the project, pupils also competed in
the Bookfest film trailer and Art competitions. We are thrilled to announce that, out of hundreds of applicants, one of
our Year 6 film trailer teams were awarded the runner up prize for their beautifully produced and directed trailer for the
book ‘What’s that in Dog Years?’ The author, Ben Davies, sent messages of thanks to our pupils for their sensitive and
engaging interpretation of his book. We were also announced as finalists in the Art competition, where one of our Year
6 pupils achieved a prize for their visual interpretation of ‘Eagle Warrior’. Though we were unable to attend the Theatre
Severn Bookfest award ceremony in April, our pupils got together virtually to watch the awards, which was a unique and fun
experience. Though I am immensely proud of our pupils’ awards and accolades during Bookfest, the biggest success for me
was their engagement in reading, particularly some of our pupils who had previously been reluctant to read, yet through the
programme have developed a love for books. We couldn’t ask for more.
I would like to congratulate our Year 8 pupils for their fantastic Common Entrance and Scholarship results in English, which
demonstrate outstanding progress from every single pupil since the start of the year. These results are testament to the
hard work, commitment and dedication each pupil has shown throughout the year, but also in the face of adversity. Mrs.
Dale and I are incredibly proud of you all. I would also like to thank our Year 8 parents for the support you have given
your children at home throughout the distance learning programme; I have no doubt that your unwavering support has
contributed to the outstanding results they have achieved.
Finally, a huge thank you to Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Scott for their excellent English teaching and the support they have given
me and our pupils throughout the year. It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Mrs. Dale, who has been on maternity
cover this year, but who has become a valued and loved member of our community. Mrs. Dale is an outstanding teacher
and will be greatly missed; I wish her every success for the future. We also welcome back the wonderful Mrs. Martin from
maternity leave with her beautiful son Freddie, and we look forward to having you back in the Prestfelde family.
Mrs Keogh-Jones, Head of English
Despite the unprecedented nature of the Summer term, we have had a fantastic year in Science with pupils
continuing to develop their extensive knowledge and understanding as well as their investigative skills. All year
groups have taken part in a wide range of practical activities inside the lab, out in our exceptional grounds and
further afield. Recently, I have been delighted to see how well pupils have engaged with our rigorous approach
to distance learning. I am sure we have all learnt new skills which will serve us well in the future, while making
exceptional progress. The Science department is very proud of the results achieved by the outgoing Year 8 at
both Scholarship and Common Entrance level. These included superb Academic Scholarship performances at
Shrewsbury School and Rugby School. While not completed in standard fashion, the Common Entrance results
were outstanding with many pupils demonstrating fantastic progress and attainment. Overall, this has been
a hugely rewarding year built on hard work, perseverance and determination where pupils have embraced
challenge and overcome obstacles to reach their potential. We are delighted by the attainment and progress
demonstrated by Year 6 and 7 and look forward to further success in the years to come.
While some activities had to be curtailed there has still been a wide range of highlights this year. Stand outs
included the performances in the Shrewsbury School Darwin Science competition and the STEM Faraday
Challenge at Ellesmere College. Personally, I enjoyed the Juno helicopter visit from RAF Shawbury. Piloted by
Prestfelde parent Wing Commander Mike Jordan, this was a real treat for the pupils. It was particularly uplifting for
our Physics forces curriculum! We have been lucky enough to visit the Biology department at Shrewsbury School
where we took part in a fascinating practical activity looking at the heart rate of water fleas. Year 6 enjoyed a
fascinating, and not at all scary, visit from ‘The Animal Man’. We continue to strengthen our links with leading
Senior Schools in order to access the best opportunities available. The pupils are always superb ambassadors for
a Prestfelde education and routinely receive praise for not only their knowledge and understanding but also their
politeness, work ethic and enthusiasm.
Thank you to Mr Newey and Mr Granger from myself and the pupils for their excellent teaching and superb
support this year within the department. Of course, I must also thank our exceptionally supportive parent body who
do so much to ensure all pupils reach their potential. I always look forward to receiving responses to the Science
Question of the Month from across the school community. It is a pleasure to hear about the Science discussions
occurring at home. I look forward to another superb ahead with Year 6 and 7 and wish Year 8 well in their
Mr J. Peakman, Head of Science
It has been a most challenging year, nevertheless, Ms Cook and I have been delighted by the efforts made by
the children during their studies. Little did we realise what changes were in store when we arranged competitions,
activities and trips. I am pleased to report that last September, our new intake into Year 6 were able to compete in
the Wrekin College Year 6 Maths Challenge before lock down (over 70 teams competed on the day). In addition,
Ms Cook was able to accompany Years 7 and 8 to a series of lectures at Shrewsbury School called ‘Magical
Maths’; our links to both schools being greatly valued by all.
Unfortunately, our booked outings to Concord College (for their Maths Challenge) and Ellesmere College (for
Maths activities) and Birmingham for the National UKMT team competition were unable to proceed due to the
lock down, but we look forward to re-establishing our links to these institutions next year.
On a brighter note, the Junior Maths Challenge (UKMT) – an individual mathematics competition sat by over
270,000 pupils from across the UK in which we always participate has, at the last minute, moved online. I am
therefore delighted that pupils are being given the opportunity to participate, with assessments taking place as
from 15th June. Any certificates (Gold, Silver and Bronze are available) awarded will be forwarded to pupils
during the holidays if the UKMT has not distributed them before the end of term.
Common Entrance and Scholarship Exams
I have been delighted by the standard achieved in the final Common Entrance exams. Special mentions to James
Boughey, Oliver Connell, Taliesin Constandinou-Williams, Freya Cooper, Joe Datnow, Timothy Giles, Annabel
Jarvis and Dom Taylor who all achieved Grade A’s in both papers.
The Scholars also had another excellent year with all pupils achieving either an A or B in all Scholarship papers.
Working with Gabe Downes, Clemmy Sowden, Nikhil Atreya, Freddie Allwood, Noah Murray and Fergus Scholes-
Pryce has been a complete pleasure, and I have no doubt that they will impress at their Senior Schools.
I would like to take this opportunity to state that as from September 2020 our current plan is that both Ms Cook
and I will be running Maths Clubs / interventions. Therefore, if your child is struggling with any concept, or if they
simply wish to learn some more advanced skills, we will be pleased to help.
Mr A. Anstey, Head of Maths
A warm welcome from
the Language Department
Firstly, Madame Bedson and I would like to say thank you to all our pupils who have continued to work hard and
be engaged in our language lessons. We are also very thankful to the support we have had from our parents
in helping their children at home during this very difficult time. As a department, we have tried our very best to
interact and entertain our pupils online and it has been a great learning curve for all of us.
We would like to congratulate all our Year 8 Common Entrance and Scholarship pupils who have worked
extremely hard towards their examination. They have met all the challenges presented to them and have
developed competencies in all four skills. It is a great shame they were not able to demonstrate them in listening
and speaking for Scholarship and Common Entrance. They will move on to their future schools as competent
linguists, who should be very proud of their achievements.
As a department, we would normally offer an amazing French experience to Normandy, but unfortunately, due to
unexpected circumstances, this beautiful trip had to be cancelled. I am sure our pupils and parents will at some
point discover parts of France as a family and I know that our younger linguists will show interest in the culture as
well as the language. Our Senior School pupils are so enthusiastic about speaking the language in class, I have
no doubt they will showcase their skills abroad.
This year, we purchased a new online course called Dynamo and it has been a great success for the children to
work online with. We will continue to use this extra resource at school as it offers a great deal of activities in all
Madame Freddie Harvey
Tribute to our retiring teachers who have given
outstanding service to Prestfelde School
Mrs Suzanne Evans ( 2000 - 2020) A long standing member of staff who
has for the last twenty years added to the Prestfelde common room in so many
ways. Initially a Little Prestfelde class teacher, then a Middle School teacher, then
an English teacher in Senior School and finally as a specialist learning support
SENCO. Mrs Evans has developed her career at Prestfelde and developed
her skills accordingly. Her wealth of experience and loyalty to Prestfelde must
be recognised on her retirement. She will be missed by all as a caring and
knowledgeable individual who has the ethos of Prestfelde – heart, mind and soul
at the top of her list!
Mr Jeremy Lund (1987 - 2020) For thirty-two years Mr Lund has been
responsible for the Musical growth and development at Prestfelde School. He
has inspired children as singers and instrumentalists through his own outstanding
musicianship and teaching expertise. The musical reputation of the school is
widely known, and Mr Lund has dedicated his time to nurturing enjoyment and
opportunity through music.
We are enormously grateful to Mr Lund, he has been a most highly respected
colleague, and Director of Music. Mr Lund always has the words for any occasion,
an excellent speaker, compere for events and through his written word. ‘Once a
Prestfeldian always a Prestfeldian’
Mrs Charlotte Kaye ( 2012 – 2020) Mrs Kaye started teaching at Prestfelde
in 2012, with her three children as Old Prestfeldeians, she knows it well and has
enhanced the experience for so many young pupils. Thank you for being that
specialist who supports children in removing any barriers to their learning – you
have unlocked so many doors for so many children and really made a difference
A message from the Head
For many pupils and staff this day signifies the last major school event before the next stage of life.
Our message to Year 8 pupils: we hope you enjoy this event and I hope you have really enjoyed life at
Prestfelde School, for many of you ten years has been a long time and so much of your development has
been within our family. Your foundations are strong, go on your journey being brave, feeling inspired and
follow those dreams. Growing Up and being ‘grown up’ takes time, patience and experience, what is
important is that you find your passion doing what excites you and what you love doing and you will flourish
Thank you to all our parents who make this special community one of love and nurture, your support
is always there. Our longest serving parent awards go to joint first Mr & Mrs Daly and Mr & Mrs Cooper,
joint second is Mr & Mrs Hoyland and Mr & Mrs Downes. A huge congratulations and a big thank you
for supporting us throughout.
Finally, on this day of reflection and celebration, I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the
dedicated work of our Prestfelde staff and Governors who give their time to guide and support us in being
the outstanding school we are.
We wish you all a safe and happy summer.