Students are nominated to receive a Head’s Praise for exceptional achievements and contribution to school life.

Head’s Praise – 29 February 2024

29 February 2024

Today 13 pupils received praise:

  • Toby (Upper 6th) for being a J14C, J15C, J1 B and 2nd VIII rower. He has been a quiet role model of resilience, commitment and dedication, and has made consistent progress throughout his school rowing career. This weekend he has been selected to race for in the 1st VIII as stroke man.
  • Harry (5th Year) for stepping up into a senior CCF position a year early.
  • Charlie (5th Year) for stepping up into a senior CCF position a year early.
  • Zaki (3rd Year) for showing leadership within the U14A football team.
  • Sam (Upper 6th) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Scott (Upper 6th) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Ollie (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Luke (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Xien (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Kit (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Paddy (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Dan (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Alex (4th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.

Head’s Praise – 22 February 2024

22 February 2024

Today eight pupils received praise:

  • Conor (Lower 6th) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly in front of others about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.
  • George (3rd Year) for winning joint 1st Prize in the 3rd Year History Competition about family in WW1 or WW2.
  • Arran (3rd Year) for winning joint 1st Prize in the 3rd Year History Competition about family in WW1 or WW2.
  • James (Lower 6th) for being Deputy Stage Manager for A Monster Calls, a technically heavy show (over 1000 lighting, sound and AV cues) and was responsible for calling them all and coordinating the student crew to ensure they all happened at the right time.
  • Ayo (Lower 6th) for his outstanding 6th form assembly “Audiences don’t hate diversity, they hate bad writing”.
  • Sam (Upper 6th) for helping a sixth former at SHSK with their coding and electronics A Level project.
  • Ronnie (Lower 6th) for excellent improvement in art.
  • Evan (3rd Year) for a fantastic contribution to the running and organisation of the Creativity in the Community Group (3rd Year Service) by managing and maintaining the programme of poets and musicians.

Head’s Praise – 8 February 2024

8 February 2024

Today seven pupils received praise:

  • Max (3rd Year) for going beyond expectation to write a 300 characters essay with his current knowledge, even though he has only learnt Mandarin for a term.
  • Fin (Lower 6th) for being selected for the GB Junior Commonwealth Fencing Team.
  • Oliver (Upper 6th) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly in front of others about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.
  • Nathan (5th Year) for outstanding efforts in preparation for and performance in 5th year mocks.
  • Edgar (4th Year) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly on record about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.
  • Will (Upper 6th) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly on record about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.
  • Tommy (Lower 6th) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly on record about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.

Head’s Praise – 30 January 2024

30 January 2024

Today four pupils received praise:

  • Will (5th Year) for outstanding efforts in preparation for and performance in 5th Year mocks.
  • Toby (1st Year) for piping in the haggis at the ASPA Burns Night Dinner and Ceilidh.
  • Tye (Upper 6th) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly in front of others about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.
  • Harry (3rd Year) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly in front of others about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.

Head’s Praise – 26 January 2024

26 January 2024

Today five pupils received praise:

  • Sasha (Lower 6th) for editing Issue 5 of the Evolve Magazine.
  • Alex (3rd Year) for winning 1st Prize in the 3rd Year History Competition about family in WW1 or WW2.
  • Ed (Upper 6th) for securing a distinction in his singing diploma at the end of last term.
  • Jamie (Upper 6th) for securing a distinction in his singing diploma at the end of last term.
  • Jaden (3rd Year) for writing an exceptional essay in Mandarin Chinese.

Head’s Praise – 19 January 2024

19 January 2024

Today eight pupils received praise:

  • Will (Upper 6th) for hosting the Community Service Christmas tea party.
  • Harry (Upper 6th) for writing and directing the Staff Panto! Huge amounts of creativity, energy and commitment shown.
  • Boco (Upper 6th) for writing an excellent essay on the science behind antimicrobial resistance.
  • Harish (3rd Year) for writing an excellent analysis of the economics behind antibiotic resistance that was at a 6th form level (if not higher!).
  • Eric (Lower 6th) for being part of the commended team having got through to the final stage of the national Ritangle competition for 6th form mathematicians.
  • Maelo (Lower 6th) for being part of the commended team having got through to the final stage of the national Ritangle competition for 6th form mathematicians.
  • Lucas (Lower 6th) for being part of the commended team having got through to the final stage of the national Ritangle competition for 6th form mathematicians.
  • Freddie (Lower 6th) for being part of the commended team having got through to the final stage of the national Ritangle competition for 6th form mathematicians.

Head’s Praise – 10 January 2024

10 January 2024

Today six pupils received praise:

  • Aarav (Upper Sixth) for hosting the Community Service Christmas tea party.
  • Tom (Upper Sixth) for writing and directing the Staff Panto! Huge amounts of creativity, energy and commitment shown.
  • Toby (Upper Sixth) for writing and directing the Staff Panto! Huge amounts of creativity, energy and commitment shown.
  • Philip (Upper Sixth) for writing and directing the Staff Panto! Huge amounts of creativity, energy and commitment shown.
  • Luca (2nd Year) for singing a nuanced and beautiful rendition of “Once in Royal’s David City” in the boarders and whole school carol services.
  • Tom (1st Year) for singing a beautiful rendition of “Once in Royal’s David City” in the Lower School Carol service, to parents and the entire Lower School.

Head’s Praise – 12 December 2023

12 December 2023

Today 10 pupils received praise:

  • Can (Upper 6th) for coming 5th in the English schools swimming national championship finals.
  • Ethan  (5thYear) for coming 5th in English schools swimming national championship finals.
  • Chung Nam (Lower 6th) for coming 5th in English schools swimming national championship finals.
  • Ralph (5th Year) for coming 5th in English schools swimming national championship finals.
  • Luca (Upper 6th) for an incredibly eloquent and professional presentation on attitudes to climate change in a 6th form assembly on behalf of the Eco Committee. The scientific detail and academic rigour of his presentation landed well with his audience.
  • Felix (Upper 6th) for neuro-diverse mentoring in Learning Support. Felix has met with two newly-diagnosed younger students and used his experience of living with neuro-diversity to advise and support others lower down in the school. Speaking openly like this is brave and provides a truly relatable source of support for members of the neuro-diverse community.
  • Khadim (Upper 6th) for leading, creating and recording a comprehensive and honest PSL presentation for the 5th form on Study Skills ahead of the Mocks, to be played in tutor time.
  • Bertie (Upper 6th) for creating a comprehensive and honest PSL presentation for the 5th form on Study Skills ahead of the Mocks, to be played in tutor time.
  • Toby (Upper 6th) for creating a comprehensive and honest PSL presentation for the 5th form on Study Skills ahead of the Mocks, to be played in tutor time.
  • Alex Wan (5th Year) for receiving full marks in a vocab test.

Head’s Praise – 5 December 2023

5 December 2023

Today seven pupils received praise:

  • Jai (Upper 6th) for being an excellent ambassador for the school during the Primary School Business Challenge. The sixth form helpers had to manage a team of primary school pupils and keep them on task, giving advice about business principles.
  • Felix (Upper 6th) for being an excellent ambassador for the school during the Primary School Business Challenge. The sixth form helpers had to manage a team of primary school pupils and keep them on task, giving advice about business principles.
  • Hugo (Upper 6th) for being an excellent ambassador for the school during the Primary School Business Challenge. The sixth form helpers had to manage a team of primary school pupils and keep them on task, giving advice about business principles.
  • Harry (Upper 6th) for being an excellent ambassador for the school during the Primary School Business Challenge. The sixth form helpers had to manage a team of primary school pupils and keep them on task, giving advice about business principles.
  • Jay (Upper 6th) for being so helpful in a recent psychology unit, in terms of sharing their own experiences, bringing us all up to date on terms and language and giving their teacher confidence in feeling much more able to support others and educate younger pupils about gender issues.
  • Anthony (3rd Year) for excellent work in art clubs.
  • David (1st Year) for scoring full marks in this year’s “Bebras” computational thinking challenge. He was one of only 99 people in the country to score full marks, out of 117,467 entrants.

Head’s Praise – 28 November 2023

28 November 2023

Today 10 pupils received praise:

  • Sam (5th Year) for winning the regional finals of the LTA Schools Tennis Competition placing Abingdon in the top 4 schools in the country at U16 level.
  • Matt (5th Year) for winning the regional finals of the LTA Schools Tennis Competition placing Abingdon in the top 4 schools in the country at U16 level.
  • Daniel (4th Year) for winning the regional finals of the LTA Schools Tennis Competition placing Abingdon in the top 4 schools in the country at U16 level.
  • Cyrus (2nd Year) for winning the regional finals of the LTA Schools Tennis Competition placing Abingdon in the top 4 schools in the country at U16 level.
  • Ryan (3rd Year) for creating a Spanish Review Pack which he updates constantly with all material seen in class, either grammar or vocabulary, and shares with classmates.
  • Harish (3rd Year) for his excellent video testimonial produced for Giving Day.
  • Kajan (Upper 6th) for his excellent video testimonial produced for Giving Day.
  • Marc (3rd Year) for excellent work in art other half clubs.
  • Henry (3rd Year) for excellent work in art other half clubs.
  • Archie (Upper 6th) for completing his Gold DofE award. He is one of just four in his year to do so.