WHGS Students Win National Awards

Gina Murphy / Categories: News

Friday, 3 July 2020

William Hulme’s Grammar School (WHGS) is celebrating after picking up four awards at United Learning’s Best in Everyone awards – including the coveted ‘Young Hero of the Year’ and ‘Pupil of the Year’ Awards.

The Best in Everyone Awards recognise the impressive achievements of United Learning’s students and staff across the country.  They include awards for academic excellence, extracurricular achievements and service to school communities.

Each of the winners had been nominated by the school and, in winning the awards, they saw off strong competition from a field of strong candidates.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards ceremony took place virtually rather than as part of a live event.  The winners were therefore announced via a special video on Twitter.

The Young Hero Award was awarded to Kasim Qureshi in recognition of the way in which he has coped with the life-changing injuries he received as a result of a horrific accident last year.  Kasim has had both feet amputated and has severe burns to most parts of his body.  Eight months later, he is still recovering in hospital but remains in close contact with WHGS and is intending to return to complete his GCSEs, progress into the Sixth Form with the ambition of becoming an architect.  Before his accident, Kasim’s attendance was at 100% and his behaviour for learning was excellent.  Kasim’s resilience and cheerful disposition have impressed the staff at Manchester Children’s Hospital and he always greets his teachers with a huge smile whenever they visit him.

The academy has another reason to be incredibly proud as Year 8 student Chandan Chikkana Gowda is named Pupil of the Year.  Chandan had been nominated for his many achievements across all areas of school life.  As well as his outstanding academic achievements, Chandan excels across the extracurricular programme and before the Lockdown was involved in more activities than any other student.  A talented musician, Chandan regularly performs in assemblies and at open evenings with his five-piece band.  Whilst Chandan’s involvement in school life is highly impressive, it was his positive attitude, care for other students and diligence that earned him this award.

Chandan said:

 'It feels like my greatest achievement ever. It's pretty special because Pupil of the Year Award makes me stand out from others. I greatly appreciate the teachers who have got me to this stage.'
The academy also sees two students pick up subject awards.  Mohammed Abusin was given the Social Science Award whilst Dana Al-Jamal received the Dance Award.  Both have impressed their teachers with their hard work, dedication and love of their subjects.

Dance Award Winner Dana Al-Jamal said:

'I'm honoured that I was chosen especially because everyone in the dance team is so hardworking and everyone is a winner to me.'
Congratulating the winners, Peter Mulholland, Principal of William Hulme’s Grammar School, said:
“Congratulations to all four students – Kasim, Chandan, Dana and Mohammed are a credit to themselves, their families and our school and we are thrilled that they have been recognised in this way.
“There are no words to describe how proud the whole school community is of Kasim.  He is an inspiration to us all and we cannot wait to welcome him back to WHGS.
“We are also delighted to see Chandan named Pupil of the Year.  Chandan never fails to amaze us with his enthusiasm, diligence and commitment.  He is involved in every aspect of school life and I constantly wonder how he manages to find time for everything and achieve excellent academic results.  He is a credit to our school and we are very proud of everything he has achieved.”

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