We Can All Be Winners, JLS Singer Tells Cleethorpes Academy Students At Awards Night

Jack Holmes wins the most prestigious award of the evening, The Chief Executive's Special Award For Most Outstanding Student. He is pictured with TMAT CEO, David Hampson and JB Gill.


"Someone has to win, why can't it be you?" That is the mantra that propelled JB Gill of X-Factor band JLS to the height of fame as a member of one the UK's most recognised groups.

"My mum always told me this and she was right. Someone has to be first, why can't it be me?" he said.

Ironically, JB may not have come first on the X-Factor, narrowly losing out to Alexandra Burke in the final in 2008, but second place was phenomenal and was enough to propel this foursome to dominate the British charts for five years, selling over 10 million records worldwide and winning a number of BRIT and MOBO awards.

JB visited Cleethorpes Academy to meet students and share his experiences before speaking at Cleethorpes Academy's Annual Presentation Evening at a packed Grimsby Auditorium where, as guest of honour, he inspired students with his varied choices in life.

As a nine-year-old, JB joined the church choir and was a regular performer. In his teens, the talented sportsman juggled playing rugby for London Irish Rugby Club with studying at "The Centre For Young Musicians." The battle between these two interests eventually gave way to Music, and he took up vocal coaching before studying for a degree in Theology at King's College, London. JLS came next, after a meeting with founding member Oriste, and the rest is history.

Today, JB runs a farm in Kent, successfully producing award-winning Kelly Bronze turkeys and free-range Tamworth pork. He also presents the BAFTA nominated CBeebies children's series, "Down On The Farm," and contributes regularly to Songs of Praise and Countryfile. At 32, he is now married with two young children.

JB told students that his dreams began at school. Although a talented flute and piano player, he couldn't see how he would make much money playing in an orchestra.

"Of course if I had realised then that I could have gone on tour playing flute with Beyonce I might have studied the flute harder," he joked.

A meeting with JLS founder Oritse at the age of 18 cemented JB's dream of being a singer and performer and for the next five years he achieved worldwide acclaim, making many fans' hearts 'Beat Again.'

When JLS came to an end in 2013 - the boys are all still good friends and JB has not ruled out a reunion in the future - he changed career completely to become a farmer. "I didn't have extensive knowledge of farming but what I had by then was a platform to be able to speak about it thanks to JLS," he said.

"You have to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. You may win an award tonight and you may not, but that does not define your future. You can achieve, you just have to continue to work hard for what you want."

Janice Hornby, Cleethorpes Academy Principal, said 2018-19 had been a "phenomenal year" for the Academy, with success in many areas, not least its fantastic GCSE results.

"I am very proud of the standards achieved by our students, not only the high levels of academic achievement, sporting prowess and musical talents, but the development of personal qualities that make our students desirable employees in many different walks of life," she said.

120 awards were presented to students for Progress and Attainment in the Academic Year 2018-19. The most prestigious award went to Jack Holmes, who won the Chief Executive's Special Award For Outstanding Student. David Hampson, TMAT Chief Executive, described Jack as "a most exceptional student."

"He is a talented sportsman, and an enthusiastic, reliable, sensible student, who was an ambassador for Capella House. Jack showed an incredible work ethic and perseverance, and I am sure he will have a fantastic future," he said.

Jack said he was very proud to have won the award. "I had a great time at Cleethorpes Academy," he added.

The Award for Best GCSE Results went to Robyn Ward. Cleethorpes Academy Principal Janice Hornby said Robyn showed "superb dedication in her studies."

Bethany-Anne Mitchell won the award for GCSE Progress. Janice Hornby said Bethany-Anne had "exceeded her targets."

Nargis Amini received the Dr Aukett Trophy from TMAT Vice Chair Jane Aukett, who described Nargis as "naturally scientifically-minded and always willing to help others."

The House Trophy was won for the second year running by Rigel House and collected by Year 10 student, Max Osgothorpe.

Joshua Edwards won the Daffodil Fisher Art Prize.

Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by Cleethorpes Academy students. This included a performance by Cleethorpes Academy Cheerleaders, vocalists Harmonix, Cleethorpes Academy Band, and a stunning finale of songs from Aladdin performed by soloists, dancers, the choir and gymnasts from the Academy.


Robyn Ward receives the award for Best GCSE Results from Janice Hornby (Cleethorpes Academy Principal), and JB Gill.


Bethany-Anne Mitchell receives the award for Best GCSE Progress from Janice Hornby and JB Gill.


Nargis Amini receives the Dr Aukett Chemistry Award from TMAT Vice-Chair, Jane Aukett and JB Gill.


Max Osgothorpe receives the House Trophy for Rigel House from Janice Hornby and JB Gill.


Samantha Reed wins the award for Year 10 Achievement.


Isabella Griffiths wins the award for Year 7 Achievement.


Harry Rowntree receives the award for Year 10 Progress.


Julia Kosmala wins the award for Year 9 Progress.


Evie Neville wins the award for Year 7 Progress.


Emma Gillatt receives the award for Year 8 Achievement.


Genius! Cleethorpes Academy students perform songs from Aladdin to close the Awards Night.


Cleethorpes Academy Cheerleaders perform at the Awards Night.


Tia-Mae Christy performs.


Cleethorpes Academy Band performs "I Feel Good."


Harmonix perform "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."


A bit of reading for the long journey home. JB Gill takes a look at Cleethorpes Life, the Academy's annual yearbook.

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