Leaving school in style
STUDENTS at the Duke of York's Royal Military School have enjoyed their Grand Day prizegiving with relatives and teachers.
Year 13 leavers attended the ceremony last Friday in the school's Nye Hall.
Lieutenant General Mark Mans was special guest of honour for the event, which also saw the senior choir perform its cover of Wherever You Are, which has been on the BBC Radio 2 playlist in recent months.
Prizes were handed out to pupils from all years for achievements in subjects including maths, science, languages and art, before students took part in the Trooping of the Colour
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About 500 family and friends of pupils packed into the hall for the special ceremony and saw outgoing headmaster Charles Johnson pay tribute to the Year 13 leavers.
He said: "It has been a great privilege to have worked with the Year 13s.
"In the current crop 82 per cent are pursuing tertiary education, while several others have been accepted straight into the Armed Forces.
"As a boarding school, we have a great relationship with universities as we not only prepare our Dukies in education, but we also help them develop as a whole person. I must also thank the staff at the school – a school can only be as great as its teachers.
"I have walked around our great site and have seen pupils and teachers have detailed conservations and discussions, and that is a good sign.
"I would like to wish all those who are leaving our school the very best in the future in whatever challenges they face."