Compere for the evening was well-known local businessman, Jonathan Cunningham MBE, the Chair of alumni organisation the Friends of St. Mary’s.
And this year’s VIP guest was Edge Hill University early years education expert Nichola Grimshaw, who recently became a Governor of St. Mary’s.
The packed audience at the Atkinson heard that the school had again achieved excellent academic results during the year.
Other highlights ranged from winning the Christian Brothers Schools Debating Competition to the opening of a new forest area in the school grounds, funded by the Parents’ Association.
And many successes in sport and music were also recognised at the prize-giving event which featured performances by no fewer than five musical ensembles at the school.
Remarkably, the contribution from the Concert Band included both Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and the Bill Hayley classic Rock Around the Clock, which all helped to create an informal and celebratory atmosphere at the event.
Preparatory School Headteacher, Jonathan Webster, commented: “This event, which gives us the opportunity to highlight the many wonderful achievements of our pupils in and out of the classroom, is one of my favourite events of the year.
“It also gives me the chance to thank the staff I work with for the sheer volume of opportunities they provide to our pupils, despite only being a small team.
“And I would also like to thank the parents of our pupils, not only for their ongoing support, but also for handing over their most valuable possessions to us every day, and trusting in the work that we do with them,” added Mr Webster.