Fancy dress, on the theme of TV and Movie Characters, enhanced a memorable Leavers' Day for Royal Wootton Bassett Sixth Form students.

Their farewell assembly featured a vocal duet by Claudia Allen and Beth Taylor, whose rendition of It's Raining Men was accompanied by the excellent Swing Band. Moon River, a horn solo by Alex Harris, was accompanied by Mrs Potter on piano. As well as appreciative speeches by Mrs Vaughan, Mr Croxford and Mrs Bell, there were reminiscences by George Staten and Serena Manchip, and an entertaining video made by the students, who now anticipate the next phase of their lives, whether in higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

They will be returning later in the summer to collect exam results and assess their next moves. The leavers' day was an opportunity to celebrate the many opportunities, friendships and fun they have enjoyed through their years at the Academy.

Meanwhile the school is celebrating after learning it has been awarded the Gold Award for Careers Education and Guidance Provision.

John Ambrose, the Director of Career Mark, revealed that the school is the first in the country to receive this award. It meets the full Gatsby Benchmark criteria for the Quality in Careers Standard by Career Mark (the Licensed Awarding Body), and recognises the school's commitment to quality over the past 7 years.

Kerry Hall, Careers Leader, said that Royal Wootton Bassett Academy continues to work with local and national businesses -within the curriculum and in the workplace. Its students are receiving the most relevant advice and guidance, and are gaining a broad understanding of the transferable skills needed in the modern economy.