2010 CIFE Awards at the House of Lords

2010 CIFE Awards at the House of Lords

At MPW we are justifiably proud of our students’ achievements. So imagine how exciting it was to attend the CIFE Afternoon Tea and Awards Ceremony at the House of Lords on a balmy afternoon at the end of March, when two MPW students were awarded prizes for their hard work and enterprise.

Jessye Bloomfield joined MPW in September 2008 and gained four high grade As at AS in Photography, History of Art, Art and Theatre Studies. She plans to take up one of her offers to read History of Art either at UCL or at the Courtauld in September 2010.

Alex Healy-Evans won a CIFE Award for his excellent GCSE results. He joined MPW in September 2008 for a one-year GCSE course and his results of 7A*s and 1A are testament to his ability, commitment and enthusiasm. Alex is currently studying Geography, Maths, History and Economics at A level and has his sights set firmly on an Oxbridge application.

We warmly congratulate them both.

House of Lords 2010

 

“As my parents and I arrived at the House of Lords the weather was its usual British springtime self: alternating between showers and sunshine. We waited at Black Rod’s Garden Entrance while security men methodically photographed every visitor, creating personal ID cards for everyone who entered. It was then that the quintessential Britishness of the event struck me: we were taking part in the national pastime – queuing – outside the Houses of Parliament, awaiting a cup of tea and a scone, to the sound of Big Ben striking three o’clock.

Once inside, we were guided through narrow, ornate, almost archaic corridors until we entered a small courtyard, within which it was hard to believe you were at the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities. In the reception room, just off of this courtyard, we were met by members of C.I.F.E., who eagerly handed me yet another name tag.

The room was laid out with ten exquisitely dressed tables – each with a superbly ornamental display of cakes and pastries in the centre – and it overlooked the Thames, creating a magnificent backdrop as the sun began to settle behind the Victorian buildings on the far side. At the MPW table we joined Matthew Judd, Steven Boyes and Jenny Blaicklock, together with the other prize winner from MPW, Jesseye Bloomfield, and her parents.

After a period of surprisingly informal conversation and relentless photographs, our host, Baroness Perry of Southwark, began the formal awards ceremony. I was the penultimate name on the running order, but eventually it was my turn to walk to the front, negotiating the maze of tables and chairs (and the one cake on the floor, seemingly positioned for a comedy slip!) The day was rounded off with a group photo by the Thames, ending what was an enjoyable and rather different Friday afternoon, which definitely beat double Geography!”

Alex Healy Evans

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