ONE of the country’s most famous politicians dropped in to make a memorable day complete for school-leavers.
Baroness Betty Boothroyd, famed throughout the country for being the first female Labour speaker in the House of Commons, arrived at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday, July 12.
She was there to present the end-of-year prizes to leavers of the Prebendal School, in West Street.
Now sitting in the House of Lords, Baroness Boothroyd is still to date the only female speaker at Westminster, a post currently held by John Bercow.
She awarded prizes to a number of students, as 15 Year 8 children leaving the school were awarded a total of 19 scholarships and awards.
The same evening, the school also celebrated the end of term with a summer concert at the cathedral.
This gave the school a chance to bid farewell to one of its teachers, David Nason, who has retired from teaching after 25 years at the school.
The second half of the concert involved his musical group, Bitz ‘n’ Pieces, with many former students joining in to play instruments with current pupils.
A school spokesman said: “There were some wonderful performances in the first half from the children and it was lovely to see so many Prebendal Associates in the audience.”
The school also had reason to celebrate the end of year, with Prebendal saying there was a ‘sharp rise’ in the number of student accolades, with 41 per cent of Year 8 students gaining an academic award, and about a third also getting a music award.
Headteacher Tim Cannell said the school was ‘extremely pleased’.
“The results are a testament to the hard work of the pupils, their families and our teachers and I am sure they are all really looking forward to the next step in their education.”