Dame Joan McVittie, a retired London Headteacher and past President of the Association of School and College Leaders - who was awarded a DBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for Services to Education - was the special guest at the Chigwell school's celebration evening.
West Hatch High School students past and present were in the audience to celebrate an excellent summer of GCSE and A-Level results alongside many other successes.
Music was provided by the KS5 Band.
West Hatch Headteacher Frances Howarth said: "'We were delighted to welcome Dame Joan McVittie to present our awards. She recognised the tremendous effort and commitment that students had made to their studies in securing such excellent grades."
Top performing students Phoebe Clements, Kali Dronsfield, Nilofer Sait and Ben Stephens won numerous awards with students across the Senior School and Sixth Form being recognised for their Service to the School, Outstanding Leadership, Creativity, Perseverance, Exceptional Progress and Fundraising.
"Parents and staff are very proud of their achievements as they are now in a superb position to compete with the best in the next stages of their lives," added Mrs Howarth.
In addition to subject prizes, a number of special awards were also presented.
The CACHE Award - Sarah Gayler, Megan Spencer & Joy Tamfuri
The Mandy Padda Award for Creativity - Freya Anderton
Outstanding Progress in GCSEs - Hassan Ali
The Personal Achievement Award - Andrew Duncanson
The Phipson Award for Services to the School - Alex Dean and Ella Sabine.
The Public Speaking Award - Ropa Gutu and Nilofer Sait
The Rotary Club Business and Enterprise Award - Mohit Dole
Services to the School Community and Outstanding Leadership Award - Gemma Curtiss and Sharaf Sheikha
The Special Commendation in Sport Award - Charlie George.
The Susan Masters Award for All Round Academic Achievement for both boys and girls at KS4/5 - Phoebe Clements and Ben Stephens (KS4), Dylan Tak and Kali Dronsfield (KS5).