Posted on December 7th 2016

Presentation of Awards Evening 2016

“Never Judge a Book by its Cover”


On Thursday 4th November 2016, Cranford held its annual Presentation of Awards Evening to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the students and school community. We were delighted to welcome Sir John Sorrell CBE, a UK Business Ambassador, British designer and co-founder of the Sorrell Foundation as our guest speaker and to present the awards to our prize winners.

The theme for the evening was, “Never Judge a Book by its Cover”, a theme which a can be looked at in a number of ways.

Kevin Prunty, Executive Headteacher, introduced the event to the audience with these words “Every year I can guarantee you an evening of great joy, inspiration and pride. I would like to begin by offering my congratulations to all the nominees and award winners for the sustained effort that underpins these achievements and to their teachers and families who have supported and encouraged them along the way. Our award winners are already demonstrating their potential to achieve great success, to inspire and lead others. We expect they will go on to great things whilst always remembering their roots in the Cranford family”.

The Leadership Quartet, Head Boy Hasan Almosoy, Head Girl Sahithya Natarajan, Deputy Head Boy, Mandip Gill & Deputy Head Girl Rimsha Amjad did a magnificent job of hosting the evening.

The wonderful performances included a rendition of “Vaga Luna” by Bellini, an extract from the outstanding Shakespeare in School production “Othello”, classical piano played by Teodor Jevtic and the school choir singing Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen”.

Sir John praised the cast for their stunning performance and went on to remind us of the importance of the Arts in education and to share the aims of the Sorrell Foundation which he set up with his wife, Lady Frances Sorrell, to inspire creativity in young people. He spoke passionately about the close partnership of the Sorrell Foundation with Cranford Community College through the Saturday Art Club, Cranford being the only school in the country to run such a club.

Sir John Sorrell presented the awards to the winners. Amongst those, Taz Virdee a Heston West Big Local volunteer, received an award for services to the community and the QPR Scholar of the Year award was given to Romeo Akinola. The Rod Lewis Award was presented by his wife,Chair of the Academy Trust Jenny Lewis, to Vanessa Tutt for her work with the Jamie’s Farm charity which supporting young people living in challenging circumstances.

Leader of the Council Steven Curran praised the event on his blog:

Tonight, I was invited to a Presentation of Awards Evening at Cranford Community College in Hounslow. It was a fantastic evening and wonderful to see so many young people doing so well. One of the highlights was watching a performance of William Shakespeare’s Othello by students. I met with the guest speaker for the night, Sir John Sorrell, of the Sorrell Foundation. Thank you to Kevin Prunty, Executive Headteacher and National Leader of Education and Alan Fraser, Assistant Headteacher for the invitation to a very enjoyable event.

Cranford is one of our “jewels in the crown” of schools in the borough and has an excellent record of high achievers. I was delighted to attend and help them celebrate this evening.

Sir John Sorrell enjoyed the evening so much that he also wrote to the school:

Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality last Thursday evening.  It was a wonderful Prize Giving with fantastic performances and it was all brilliantly organised. I very much enjoyed being with you, the students, the staff and the parents. Many thanks for such a warm welcome and also for the wonderful painting and beautiful flowers.  

We have all been incredibly impressed with Cranford's outward-looking, positive attitude and its ambitions for all the students, which is why the Saturday Club has flourished.

Finally, please can I say a special thank you to Alan who looked after me so well on the evening, to Jessica who made everything work like clockwork and, of course, to Pam who has been so wonderful with the Saturday Club, and it was great to see her on Thursday too.

Kind regards

Sir John Sorrell CBE
The Sorrell Foundation

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