The academic and personal achievements of pupils at Bourne Grammar School were celebrated at its annual speech night.
Former MP, former cabinet minister and broadcaster Michael Portillo was the guest of honour at the evening, which was held at Bourne Abbey Church on Friday, November 22.
Mr Portillo entertained the packed church with anecdotal stories about his days as an MP, including the infamous ‘Portillo moment’ where he lost his parliamentary seat, as well as more recent experiences as a presenter on BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys and as a regular commentator on current affairs programme This Week.
He paid tribute to his own grammar school education at Harrow County School for Boys where he was encouraged to strive for excellence.
The varied talents and interests of the school were reflected throughout the evening, with musical performances by Year 8 pupil Stanley Godfrey on the Abbey’s organ and a rousing medley from West Side Story by the school orchestra.
The audience was also treated to drama extracts from the school’s forthcoming sixthform production, Romeo and Juliet and the Year 8 and 9 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed at the Key Theatre in October as part of the National Shakespeare Schools’ Festival.
More than 150 awards were handed out on the night.
Headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “Speech night is one of the most special events in the school’s calendar and is a truly wonderful celebration for students, parents and teachers. We are rightly proud of all our talented and hard-working students all of whom contribute to the fantastic atmosphere that is unique to Bourne Grammar School.”