Fir Vale School's Presentation Evening held on 26th November celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its re-launch from the old Earl Marshal School in 1998.
A special appearance was made by Levi Roots, the 2006 winner of ‘Dragons Den’, to show support and give inspiration to school leavers and current students alike.
Levi asked his mother for advice before taking part in the BBC programme. She told him, “Read Psalm 23 and then you will come back as a dragon slayer.” This gave him the courage to put his faith in his Reggae Reggae Sauce to slay those fiery dragons.
Two of the dragons were blown away with Levi’s presentation; they committed £25,000 investment for 20% share in return. In early 2007, his sauce hit the shelves of many leading supermarkets and became an instant success.
The atmosphere at Fir Vale School was ecstatic; people were inspired by his motivation and dedication to his dream. It was also a privilege for the school to have their current Headteacher, Lesley Bowes, and two former heads, Hugh Howe and Ken Cook, present. School Governors from the past 10 years were also there and acknowledged for their work towards school development.
The main event was celebrating the success of last years Y11s, many achieving five A*-C grades, and more than 1 in 5 students achieving three or more A*-A grades.
The Presentation Evening highlighted the students’ success and achievements, showing they can achieve their potential.
“Having Mr. Howe back, the person who made Fir Vale what it is today, built up an amazing atmosphere within the audience. With Fir Vale being a business and enterprise school, they made the right choice by inviting a role model like Levi Roots.”
Aysha Begum (Y11 Pupil)
“The evening was fantastic, it was great to meet Levi Roots and shake his hand on stage while receiving my award.”
Aishah Baroo (Y11 Pupil)
The evening was spectacular, everyone enjoyed themselves and there are even higher expectations for the current Y11s, who are aiming for 60% A*-C grades.