Past and present students were praised for their achievements at the Milford Haven School senior certificate award ceremony last week.

Hundreds of students filled the school hall last Wednesday when they received prises and certificates for their outstanding A Level and GCSE achievements over the past year.

Headteacher Rod Francis said: “I am so pleased with all the students’ achievements, which is down to the support from their parents, staff, and the hard work of the pupils themselves. But this evening has been more than celebrating success, it was also about the community coming together for the school.”

Mr Francis said that last year, 96% of pupils achieved passes at A Level, with 70% achieving grades A* to C, and more than half going on to university.

Equally, 300 year 11 pupils achieved grades A* or A at GCSE level, with 900 achieving grade C, and 115 getting seven or more grades C or above.

He added that extra-curricular activities, including music, sport and charity work, played a big part in enhancing the students’ achievements.

Last year, pupils raised £20,000 for Children in Need, and since 1988, the school has contributed more than £200,000 to the cause.

Chair of governors Dr Carol Mackintosh said: “This is an important evening in the school calendar to celebrate the hard work of pupils past and present, and it gives us a chance to thank all the staff for their tremendous efforts in helping these young people achieve success.”

Head of sixth form Kath Dootson added: “I am tremendously proud of all our students, and the wide range of achievements on display tonight.”

Guest speaker author Dan Anthony presented the students with their awards and certificates before the school band performed a few soul numbers for the crowd.

Addressing the students, Mr Francis added: “I am proud of each and every one of you.

"As good as things have been so far for Milford Haven School, the best is yet to come. And I am looking forward to sharing that future with you.”