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Prize winners for outstanding results return to school

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Two second-year university students have enjoyed a trip back to their schooldays to pick up an award.

Former students at Springwood High School returned to Lynn to collect their Queen’s prize for outstanding exam results.

The pandemic meant a delay in receiving their books and the students enjoyed a family tea party to celebrate.

Joe Read and Rosie Huang with their Queen's Prize. (52846699)
Joe Read and Rosie Huang with their Queen’s Prize. (52846699)

Rosie Huang and Joe Read both won the Queen’s Prize for being the best performing A-level students in 2020.

Usually the award is presented by the Queen at Sandringham House, but because of Covid restrictions the awards were instead given at the school and a little bit later than usual.

The students were presented with a book of the complete works of Shakespeare at the ceremony which was attended by their families.

Joe Read and Rosie Huang with their Queen's Prize. (52846740)
Joe Read and Rosie Huang with their Queen’s Prize. (52846740)

Both spoke of their delight at going back to their former sixth form school, which is part of West Norfolk Academies Trust, and getting the opportunity to chat to their teachers again.

Rosie, 19, who achieved 4 A*s in her A-Levels, said: “I remember I was told I won it just before summer last year .

” I was shocked and really happy.

Joe Read and family enjoys afternoon tea at Springwood High School. (52846683)
Joe Read and family enjoys afternoon tea at Springwood High School. (52846683)

“Even when we were told we probably wouldn’t be able to meet the Queen because of lockdown, I was still really happy.

“It was really nice to go to the tea party and talk to all the teachers again.

“I wasn’t just there for Sixth Form, I was there for High School as well, so even though I hadn’t been there for a long time it was still quite familiar.”

Joe Read and family. (52846693)
Joe Read and family. (52846693)

Rosie, who is now studying computer science at Imperial College London, was accompanied at the presentation by her parents Jian Zhi and Yan Lan and brother Michael, 16. Her older sister Michelle, 24, was unable to attend due to work.

Rosie said: “I really loved doing my sixth form.

“It was nice as you weren’t a high school student and you had to learn on your own but at the same time it was more supportive than university.

Joe Read and Rosie Huang with their Queen's Prize. (52846696)
Joe Read and Rosie Huang with their Queen’s Prize. (52846696)

“It is a good mixture and a really good transition to being someone who is more active in their own learning.”

Joe, who is 19 and also achieved 4 A*s in their A-Levels, attended the event at Springwood High with mum Su, dad Murray, twin sister Becky and older brother Alex, 21.

They said: “It was almost better to have the presentation so long after, as it made it nicer to see my old teachers again and catchup with them for a chat, now it has been a little while since they were actually teaching me.”

Rosie Huang with her Queen's Prize. (52846702)
Rosie Huang with her Queen’s Prize. (52846702)

Joe is now studying maths and philosophy at Oxford University and future career plans might even include the possibility of returning to Springwood one day as a teacher.

They said: “Academia is something that is definitely on my mind – going on to do a PhD and then maybe staying in research, but teaching in general I am also quite interested in.

“If I finished uni, and said that’s enough of academia, I think I would quite enjoy high school teaching.

“When I left the head suggested I might come back at some point, that is definitely a thought.”



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