Parents and teachers watched proudly as pupils at a Batley school were praised for their successes over the past year.
Headteacher Brigid Tullie spoke of a memorable 2012-13 for Batley Grammar School at the annual speech day last Friday.
A packed school hall saw many students, both past and present, receiving prizes for their hard work, both inside and outside the classroom.
Best-selling children’s author Gervase Phinn presented the awards.
Mr Phinn, a former school inspector, said: “The day is about celebrating the achievements of our young people. They often get a bad press nationally but it is clear we have a great group of youngsters here, who deserve to be recognised.”
Mr Phinn, who has spent more than 40 years in education, talked to the pupils about his views on education.
He said: “It is all about working hard to get the results. You do not get anywhere without working hard. David Beckham was a brilliant footballer and Nigel Kennedy a violinist because they practised and practised. There is no substitute for hard work.”
Mrs Tullie said the event was always a special occasion as they welcomed back former pupils.
She said: “The leavers who return will have completed their first term at university so it is great to hear how they have progressed.”