A Derby Grammar School student visited the House of Lords to pick up a top national award which was open to thousands of students across the country.
Elliot Butterworth received the Independent Schools Association Whitbread Memorial Prize 2017 from Lord Lexden, President of ISA.
The prize recognises and celebrates outstanding involvement in, and service to, the wider aspect of school and community life; in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results. It is open to 440 schools and 5,000 students across the country.
Elliot, of Etwall, is studying Physics, Maths and Further Maths in the Sixth Form at Derby Grammar School after achieving six A* and three 9 grades in his GCSEs in 2017.
The 17-year-old said he thoroughly enjoyed his afternoon at the House of Lords.
He said: “When we arrived at the House of Lords we were met by Lord Lexden. He took us through a warren of corridors and it was quite amazing to see really.
“We watched a debate and there were four topics that were discussed in 30 minutes. Although I had an idea what went on I’d never seen anything like it before and it was very interesting to experience what they do and how it works. The debate ran to a very tight schedule and they were strict on sticking to the timings.
“After that we went off to a private room and I was awarded a certificate and a glass plaque for school before we had afternoon tea at the House of Lords, in a room overlooking the Thames, which was very nice.”
Elliot was accompanied by his parents and Carol Bramall, Head of Sixth Form at Derby Grammar School.
Mrs Bramall said: “It was a pleasure to accompany Elliot and his family to receive the award. Lord Lexden offered us every hospitality at the House of Lords and was very interested not only in Derby Grammar School and our pupils, but also our charitable work.”
Lesley Reynolds, Acting Head at Derby Grammar School, in Rykneld Road, Littleover, congratulated Elliot on his achievement.
She said: “Elliot’s achievement is outstanding, we are so proud of him. The award is also justly deserved, he is a friendly and engaging individual and an excellent role model to our younger pupils.”
Elliot achieved a Gold award in the British Physics Olympiad in 2016 with his mark in the examination paper ranking in the top 10 of all entrants across the UK.
He also plays hockey and rugby for Derby Grammar School and is a member of the school’s choir and award-winning Barbershop Choir. He plays in the school’s Swing Band and has embarked on his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award after achieving Silver and Bronze.
The teenager is a member of Christian Union and a vital link between teaching staff and the pupil body in co-ordinating the school’s charity work with the YMCA. He also plays a key role in Derby Grammar School’s work with a school in Tanzania, helping to co-ordinate fundraising activities.