Jamie Payne-Ross Award 2015

England Rugby Union Coach, Stuart Lancaster presented the Jamie Payne-Ross Award at St. Mary’s, Menston on Tuesday 16 June 2015.

Jamie Payne-Ross Award 2015

The Award is presented annually at the school in memory of Jamie Payne-Ross who died in a tragic accident in December 1993.  The Award is for outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (12-13 year old) and was presented to the school by Jamie’s mother Colleen and elder brother Adam.  Previous presenters of the Award include Sir Trevor Brooking, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Kaiser Chiefs.

The presenter of the award this year was England Rugby Union Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster.  Stuart is widely respected internationally for his coaching and is credited with transforming the England team since his appointment in 2012.  Stuart is currently preparing the team for the World Cup later this year.


“Stuart clearly recognised how important this is to the school community and had no hesitation in agreeing to present the prestigious award. His presentation to the students was truly inspirational.”
— Assistant Headteacher, David Geldart

The recipient of the Award this year was Ciaran Hammond (8 Postgate).  



“Ciaran brings to life the St. Mary’s values and epitomises everything which is good about the school. He will always give his best, irrespective of the activity and will support and encourage others around him. The only thing which surpasses his talent is his compassion and empathy for his fellow competitors. Ciaran is a member of the school’s John Paul II Foundation for Sport Leadership Academy and has already demonstrated outstanding ability in this area. Ciaran is an all-round sportsman with a desire to act upon any advice given. He is indeed a worthy winner of this award.”
— Mr Craig Thornton, Faculty Leader of PE and Sport

Year 8 students Finlay Jezzard and Sam Clifford-Hassan provided outstanding musical performances during this important school event