Pupils, staff and parents came together last night to celebrate the achievements of our school cohort, past and present, at our annual Achievement Evening.
Head of School, Mr Sprakes, opened the evening with a heartfelt thanks to every member of staff and our supportive parents for ensuring our pupils could achieve their best. He said, "It is a privilege to lead Malet Lambert and I am very proud to be your head teacher.
"It is wonderful to see so many former pupils return to our school tonight and to hear how they are progressing at college."
Before awards were presented, our guest speaker Tommy Coyle, gave our pupils some words of wisdom. He said, "I never realised how important school was at the time. I was expelled nine times, and for the final time in Year 10. I left without an education.
"I've worked incredibly hard, persevered and made sacrifices to get to where I have today in my boxing career.
"But if it hadn't worked out, I didn't have a plan B. I'd be selling strawberries on my dad's market stall.
"Right now, when I'm sending important emails to people at massive international companies, I have to ask my wife to spell check emails, because I left school without an education.
"Education is paramount. I hope to go back to college and eventually graduate with a degree from university but I'm going to have to fit that in to my working life because I can't get that time at school back now.
"Make sure you have that plan B. Follow the HSP plan: hard work, sacrifice and perseverance.
"With these three things you can achieve success. True strength is overcoming adversity."
Current pupils were awarded prizes for excellence in subject areas, and two pupils from each year were chosen by their Progress Leader as the best in their year group. Former pupils also returned to be given their GCSE certificates and to receive special awards from staff, including subject awards for excellence in a particular area and community awards for outstanding pupils.
The biggest accolade is the Headteacher's Award which was given to four pupils who were chosen by Mr Sprakes.
The night concluded with a speech from our Head Boy and Head Girl, and a final performance from ex-pupil Emily Drewry.
Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you all had a fantastic evening celebrating our pupils' brilliant achievements.