My DDs school ( state grammar) have a speech night/awards evening every year at the Bridgewater concert hall in Manchester( most local schools do theirs there also so i guess there must be an arrangement for schools to use it as I can't imagine what it would cost to hire!) to which all pupils have to go without exception,and parents are pretty much expected to go too!
In year 7 it seemed very exiting and the school do put an enormous amount of effort into the music in the first half, which is fantastic, but the speeches and awards are mind numbingly dull as they go on for up to 2 hours!! Dh has managed to be 'working away' every time the date comes up!
I have to say I'm relieved this will be the last one for her
DS at state high school goes to the same venue but school is much larger so pupils/parents only invited if they are getting an award, 1st time we've been invited now he's in year 9, what the 'award ' is is kept secret...the excitement! Had a separate sports one this year too, he seems to finally be pulling his socks up and being noticed for the right reasons