A STUDENT who was determined to succeed following a life-threatening illness was one of the top winners at Ryde Academy's annual awards ceremony.

Parents and staff attended the event, held at All Saints Church, Ryde, and hosted by Rev Cannon Howard Barker, to celebrate students' success throughout the year.

Awards were presented in each subject for ‘highest achievement’ and 'best progress’ by former high sheriff Gioia Minghella-Giddens.

A new award was presented in memory of the school's former design and technology teacher — the Dave Moye Memorial Award.

He was a teacher at the school for 18 years and was passionate about education, and particularly about encouraging girls into design technology.

The award was donated by his wife and Ryde Lions, and won by Year 11 student Louise Perkis in Year.

The audience was treated to performances by students.

Lilly Stockman, 13, sang I Don’t Know My Name by Grace Vanderwaal, and Anna Parkinson performed When We Were Young by Adele.

The evening closed with the presentation of the Principal's Award.

It was won by sixth form student Ben Taylor, in recognition of his determination and achievements following a life-threatening illness last year.

Isobelle Read, 16, won the Parent and Community Action Board Award for turning around her academic success through sheer hard work and tenacity, despite the obstacles she faced.

Toby, the school's reading dog and recent Wightlink Woof Awards winner, was on hand to help present awards to the students he had been working with on their literacy skills and confidence.

Principal Joy Ballard said: "I was so proud of our winners and it was very moving to see the delight on their parents’ faces.

"Ensuring children do well at school relies on a strong partnership between school and parents and it was such a pleasure sharing together the success of our children.

"We are so grateful to All Saints Church for letting us use their beautiful church.

"We are very proud of our place in the Ryde community and to have the opportunity to celebrate our students’ achievements with others."