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Issued: September 9, 2016

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(left to right) Retiring Headteacher Chris Seward, Head Boy Angus Bailey, Head Girl Christy Gilbert, the Bishop of Barking the Rt Rev Peter Hill and new Headteacher Adam Thorne
The Bishop of Barking presents awards at Davenant Foundation School’s graduation evening

The achievements of Year 13 students at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton have been recognised at the annual Graduation Evening.

The awards ceremony was the last to be hosted by Chris Seward who has retired after 15 years as Headteacher at the school.

Chairman of Governors Mary Vine-Morris thanked Mr Seward for his “superb leadership” over the years and also congratulated the students.

“They have shown they can achieve whether in the classroom, on the sports field or in the community,” she said.

Mr Seward reflected on his time at the Chester Road school and singled out the recent music tour as a “fantastic memory”.

On his retirement - only a week to date - Mr Seward said: “It feels great! Books have been read, box sets are being watched and travel itineraries are being planned.”

The guest speaker was the Bishop of Barking, the Rt Rev Peter Hill, who was making his first visit to Davenant.

He congratulated the students on their achievements “in the classroom, on the sports field and in life in general”.

Among the awards presented were:

The Rosen Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Shield - Sophie Kenny and Samuel Melllen.

The Peter Cross Football Cup - Richard Akinlade. The cup is presented in memory of Peter who died after being diagnosed with an illness which prevented him taking up a place at the University of Southampton. The award recognises the example that Peter set for others in football.

The Jennifer Hawes Award - Anastasia Constantinides. The award is presented in memory of Jennifer who was a student at Davenant from 1993-2000. She died, aged 23, from an undiagnosed heart ailment.
The award is presented to a girl who, in a range of diverse extra-curricular activities, has shown effort, commitment and a positive attitude in order to maximise her potential.
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