Charnwood College honours finest students at Excellence Evening

The secondary school celebrated academic excellence and incredible artistic and sporting achievements  as part of the annual event


Students and staff at Loughborough’s Charnwood College, part of the David Ross Education Trust, were recognised for their outstanding achievements during an Excellence Evening held on Thursday.


Over seventy awards were presented to students from across the school during the course of the event, which takes place each year. The prestigious awards not only recognised students that had embraced the academic excellence on offer at the academy, having excelled in their A levels and GCSE’s this year, but also those who deserved acknowledgment for their artistic and sporting achievements.


Special guests at the event included The Deputy Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, Nicky Morgan MP and Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust.


Amongst the students celebrating was Head Boy David Horstmann, who will now study Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. The high-flying student won a number of awards, including the prize for excellence in Further Mathematics, an award for achieving a Grade 8 in Violin and recognition for achieving two A*s and two As at A level this year.


Charnwood College’s Head Girl, Isabel Dungworth, secured an impressive four A*s in her A levels this year. Isabel, who will now study Chemistry at Durham University, was also awarded the Loughborough University Trophy as the Highest Achieving Sixth Former.


Alastair O’Connor, Vice Principal at Charnwood College, said: “David and Isabel have certainly led by example and have been great role models to her peers.


“They are a real credit to the school, their teachers, and their families. We feel immensely proud of their incredible achievements and wish them all the best during their studies at the University of Cambridge and Durham University.”


Isabel’s younger brother, Joel Dungworth, was also celebrating as he picked up a number of awards. Joel, who secured the new Grade 9 in both English Language and Literature, a Grade 8 in Maths along with five A*s and two As at GCSE, won a number of Excellence Awards in GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature and BTEC Physical Education.


Special recognition also went to 19 students who competed at a national, regional and county level in sport in 2017.


Sesan Russell, who currently represents Great Britain in U18s basketball, was named 3M Sportsman of the Year following his basketball success with both Team GB and the Charnwood College Riders. The 3M Sportswoman of the Year was awarded to Megan Jones, who was selected to represent Team GB in U18s Womens’ Basketball during the FIBA European Championships.


Other prizes included the John Smith Award for Overall Progress, which was presented to Sherya Yadev following her significant academic progress since joining the academy. Evie Doyle, who has played a number of lead roles in performing arts productions during her time at Charnwood College, took home the Corbett Trophy for her contribution to the Expressive Arts faculty.


Dan Neal, Principal at Charnwood College, said: “These students are a true inspiration and they whole-heartedly deserve this recognition for the incredible dedication they have shown to their studies and life at Charnwood College.


“These are not unique stories, but a reflection of the many talented, well-rounded and inspiring individuals here at Charnwood College.


“This year, we have seen many of our Sixth Form students continue their academic journey at some of the country’s top universities. We could not be more proud of their achievements and look forward to hearing of their further successes in the future.”




As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Charnwood College is committed to providing students with a world-class education by delivering academic excellence, whilst raising confidence and self-esteem amongst young people.


Alongside academic excellence, the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme provides students with an incredible range of inspirational learning experiences in sport, arts and music. Through this array of exciting opportunities, students are encouraged to develop their passions and discover their talents.


Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, attended the prestigious event as a guest speaker and prize giver. She said: “At the David Ross Education Trust, we are committed to providing a world-class education for every one of our students.


“We set high standards to create rich learning environments where all young people can achieve and excel, and it is incredibly rewarding to see our students celebrate these fantastic achievements as a result of their hard work and dedication.”


Charnwood College will be holding a Year 6 Open Evening from 6.00pm – 8.00pm on Thursday 21st September. The school will also be hosting an Open Morning from 9.00am – 12.00pm on Friday 22nd September. Guests will be able to speak with staff from various departments, as well as taking an exclusive tour of the fantastic facilities on offer. Please visit Charnwood College’s website for more information.