This year’s recipient of the Headteacher’s Award is Miller Hookem.
Miller joined Winifred Holtby Academy from St Andrew’s Primary School in September 2014. He maintained outstanding attendance throughout his time with us and had an equally outstanding attitude to learning and behaviour record throughout his 5 years here.
Miller joined us with strong Key Stage 2 outcomes and it was always clear that he would achieve well academically if he put in the work and the effort.
GCSE Results day was certainly a day of celebration for Miller when he was finally rewarded for 5 years of hard work, determination and commitment to his studies.
Miller achieved 6 Grade 9s in his GCSEs - the highest personal achievement at this level in the Academy’s history: It’s important to note that this year, only 4% of pupils across the country achieved the highly prestigious Grade 9, a grade which is more difficult to achieve than the old Grade A*. Therefore, to achieve six GCSE’s at Grade 9, Miller has certainly put himself up there with the very highest achieving pupils across the country. Miller’s Grade 9s were awarded in:
In addition, Miller was awarded Grade 8 in mathematics, A* in Further mathematics, Distinction* in Food and in Business and a Grade 6 in French.
Miller’s reaction on results day can be best described as humble. He opened his envelope, sat very quietly and didn’t show off about how well he’d done. He appeared quietly emotional as it dawned on him just how well he had done. I also think that he was beginning to realise that all of his incredible hard work had finally paid off.
At Winifred Holtby Academy, we often talk to pupils about the need to aim for the top and achieve as highly as possible in order to open doors for the future. It is fair to say that many doors are well and truly open now for Miller.
Many of the staff were keen to share their reflections on Miller during his time here.
Mrs. Aspinall says that Miller was an incredibly independent worker in Business. He completed his coursework ahead of all deadlines. His quiet support of his peers was also lovely to witness. He also has a very dry sense of humour, which often lightened the atmosphere in class.
Mrs. Crawforth says that Miller approached his English studies at Winifred Holtby with the same playful but focused attitude that he does everything in life. He worked especially hard to improve his vocabulary and produced some truly exceptional creative writing. His enthusiasm and excellent work ethic will stand him in good stead for all he will undoubtedly achieve in the future.