16 June 2021  |  G Denison

Sam McVeigh and Laura Reynolds secured the Cuthbert Cross, an annual award presented to two students that ‘best exemplify our school values of friendship, excellence and respect and have done the most to enhance the reputation of the school’. The Cuthbert Cross was first awarded in 1910 and represents the school’s historical association with Durham Cathedral.

For Laura, 17 of Northallerton, the accolade was the culmination of school days that saw her spending most nights in the drama studio rehearsing for school plays.

The 17-year-old also represented the school and local community by participating in the week long ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’ and was fortunate enough to be selected for sponsorship. Laura also represented the school in numerous awards evenings, Christmas concerts, sports events and open evenings. Since returning to school after lockdown, Laura hosted the new ‘Ask the Alumni’ series in which she interviewed several past members of the school, speaking to them about their time at Northallerton and what they achieved since learning school.

Laura who plans to read history and politics at the University of Liverpool said “I’m very grateful to have been chosen for the Cuthbert Cross, particularly with such worthy nominees, it was a lovely way to end my time at Northallerton School.”

Sam, 18, of Northallerton, was rewarded for his efforts, which included litter picking around Northallerton every week, supporting the SAIL mentoring programme, helping out at GCSE and A Level open evenings and volunteering at Beechwood Care Home.

Sam who plans to read physics at the University of Durham said “It’s a huge honour to be awarded the Cuthbert Cross, I’m over the moon.”

Kathryn Redpath, Head of Sixth Form said “We are incredibly impressed and proud of our Cuthbert Cross winners who have gone above and beyond in supporting and representing our school and college community; both Sam and Laura have been outstanding students and ambassadors and we are grateful for the time and commitment they have shown; we wish them both the very best for the future”.


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