Headteacher’s Award


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:

  • Geography

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

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.


Mr. Styles describes Miller as very humble. He helped others and shared what he had learned with them. He put a lot of effort in behind the scenes, but did not make a fuss about anything; he just got on with it and did his best.

Mr. Gent also considers Miller a fantastic choice for this award describing him as super polite, cheerful and always optimistic. Miller routinely stayed back for lesson 6/7 and worked extremely hard for every grade he got. He and is a credit to his family, the academy and, most importantly, himself.

Mrs. Emms, Miller’s French teacher, says that Miller was an absolute pleasure to teach and will be greatly missed. He always brought a wonderful smile and an infectious enthusiasm with him to every lesson and would often arrive with a new phrase or sentence (and even the occasional joke) he had learnt at home. I feel incredibly privileged to have taught such a dedicated and hard-working student and he almost brought a tear to my eye after he absolutely smashed his speaking exam! I wish Miller all the very best in his future and I have no doubt he will go on to do amazing things. Keep on chanting “on va réussir, on va réussir”!

In conclusion, I would like to congratulate Miller on being the worthy recipient of this year’s Headteacher’s award. We are extremely proud of everything you have achieved, Miller, and know that you will go on to achieve great things. As Mr Gent has already stated, you are an absolute credit to the academy, your family, but most importantly to yourself. We wish you well in your future studies and look forward to hearing from you in years to come.