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Annual prize giving event

We hosted our prize giving award ceremony last week. This annual event showcases the amazing achievements of our students in the past year and encourages student motivation and success. This year the keynote speaker was by Dr Elizabeth Sidwell CBE, an educational strategist and consultant and former Schools Commissioner for England. Also attending was the Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Charlie Smith.

The prizes reflected both the academic and the physical, with the Award for Sport Excellence in Basketball going to Toyosi Abiola. Toyosi is one of seven of our girls to earn a NCAA Athletic Scholarship in 2017. Prizes were given to students in every single year group. A particular highlight was the Billingsgate Ward Club Trophy for best essay, poem or factual writing on the theme of the City of London, which went to the very talented Year 7 student Finn Wharton (see attached document).

Several of our students won multiple awards, including Charlotte Butterfield who won the Worshipful Company of Founders Prize for Design Technology Graphics and the Award by the Founding Principal Martyn Coles for outstanding contribution to the school community. Reece Jackson won the Castle Baynard Prize Award for Business and Enterprise as well as the Guildhall Historical Society prize for best performing GCSE history student.

Another multiple prize winner was Annie Lisbey who won the Worshipful Company of World Traders prize for business and the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers prize for food technology. Annie was joined by Mamasu Kamara who won the Worshipful Company of Horners prize for modern foreign languages and the Academy Award for Sport, most outstanding attitude.

Musical performances at the event included a violin solo by Tasmina Hussain. Our deputy head boy Joseph Kuranga and Deputy Head girl, Shenice Osisioma also made speeches that were described as “the best speech from a head boy and head girl the school has ever had”.

Head of school, Marcus Huntley said of the event: “It's fantastic to take time out to acknowledge the broad range of outstanding achievement amongst our community. They are truly the best of what CoLA has to offer and we are very proud of them. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and our pupils' families for the support they have given to the students over the past year”.


  1. Prize winning poem