Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward inspired students at Abbeyfield to reach for their goals at a prize-giving ceremony.

The swimming star from Corsham, who won five medals at the London Games, spent time talking to students and having her photograph taken with them.

Nearly 30 pupils from last year’s Year 11 were recognised at the awards, including Holly Provis, who was named most outstanding student. She said it was fantastic to meet the swimmer and see her Olympic medals.

Holly was nominated by teacher Mr Down, who said: “Holly is exceptionally polite and respectful to all her teachers and peers and, as a result, is a popular member of her year group. The commitment, dedication and maturity she demonstrates helped her to achieve her outstanding set of GCSE results.”

Katie Duncan, who was awarded the Alan Roberts Award for Science, said: “I was so pleased. My mum has put the trophy above our fireplace and we can’t stop talking about it.”

The guest speaker was Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the British Paralympic Association.