St Mary's College in Crosby paid tribute to the many achievements of its pupils over the past year at its annual prize day ceremony.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was the setting for the event on 11 December at which former head boy Tom Delamere appeared as guest speaker. He left the school in 2007 and is now CAFOD's programme officer for Bangladesh, helping to coordinate the charity's response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Guests heard that St Mary's had maintained its tradition of both academic excellence and achievement in sport, music and other extra-curricular activities. The success of this approach yielded an outstanding Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection report in 2017, which described the quality of pupils' academic exploits and personal development as "excellent".
Principal Mike Kennedy highlighted another successful summer in terms of exam results with A Level candidates achieving a 99 per cent pass rate, more than half at the highest grades. Mr Kennedy also saluted one of the school's longest-serving teachers, head of sixth form Carole Killen, who retired last summer after 28 years' service.
Mr Kennedy concluded: "Prize day is a great opportunity to recognise the successes of our pupils who continue to maintain the high-achieving traditions of the school, academically and in many other fields. This is particularly true of our guest speaker, Tom Delamere, who each day, in the spirit of the founders of the school, places his many skills, attributes and commitment at the service of some of the most vulnerable people in the world."