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Chigwell School “proud” of GCSE students

Chigwell School students were delighted when they opened their GCSE results.

A quarter had achieved at least seven A* grades and of the 86 pupils in the year group, six achieved at least ten A* grades.

A* was the most common grade awarded out of all entries and in addition to their other subjects, the ten students who also took the HPQ (the GCSE equivalent of the Extended Project Qualification) all achieved an A* grade.

Thirty-nine per cent of grades awarded were at A* (six times the national average); 72 per cent of grades awarded were at least an A, and 91 per cent were B grade or above.

Headmaster Michael Punt said: “We are very proud of all our GCSE students. They have studied hard in ten or more GCSE subjects with the dedicated support of their teachers and they have balanced their work and extra-curricular commitments with a great deal of success.

“iGCSEs are offered in many subjects because we believe these give a better preparation for A-level study and we look forward to continuing to work with these young people as they begin their Sixth Form careers.

“I hope these results take them closer to fulfilling their dreams and ambitions, and that they continue to flourish.”

Tee off for St Clare’s first-ever golf day

Get in the swing for your local Hospice by entering a team for St Clare’s first-ever golf day.

Offering the chance to tee off for 18 holes on the par 72 championship course at Abridge Golf Club, the sporting event on Friday, October 16 is the first time the Hastingwood-based charity has hosted a golf day exclusively for local businesses and corporate supporters.

Set in 240 acres of beautiful parklands, Abridge Golf Club is home to some of the major amateur golfing tournaments, including the South East Regional Open Qualifier.

After registration, players will enjoy breakfast before heading out onto the Henry Cotton-designed course. The 1st and 10th tees are reserved at 11.30am.

Teams will be playing an 18-hole Stableford format and there will be prizes for the 1st and 2nd placed teams as well as best individual golfer, nearest the pin and longest drive, plus the chance to win a car for a hole in one.

The golf will be followed by a two-course dinner, prize giving and charity raffle and auction. The event is being organised in conjunction with Loughton-based Planet Leasing and is being supported by golfing experts Leisure Link.

The competition is open to teams of up to four players and registration costs £340 per team. You can register online at Alternatively, for more information, call St Clare events fundraiser Heather Cameron on 01279 773750 or email

If you’re a local business looking for a team-building event that comes with more of an adrenalin rush, then there is still time to enter a team to our third annual St Clare Go-Karting Competition on Friday, September 18.

Competing against other teams, this exhilarating two-hour endurance race is similar to ‘Le Mans’ in style and offers the chance to enter a longer race format against other drivers.

The event at Hoddesdon’s Rye House Kart Raceway, one of the UK’s best karting circuits, is open to teams of at least two and costs £350.

Register online at or contact St Clare challenge events fundraiser Jade Clarke on 01279 773750 or

West Hatch students GCSE success

West Hatch High School has yet again secured very impressive results with a very high number of students achieving A and A* grades.

Top performers this year are Georgia Roth (11 A*/As), Ruby Edwards, Anoushka Sharma, Fred Skipper, Jasmine Smith and Samantha Toplis (all nine A*/As) and Matthew Drummond-Poynter, Billy Harris, Nawal Khan, Lucy Maddison and Sophia Vrahimi (all eight A*/As).

Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “We are delighted for our students. These results reflect all the tremendous hard work put in by our pupils and staff.

“A number of our best performers heard their results via text as they are trekking with the school undertaking voluntary work in Kenya.

“So many of our students will now be able to progress to Sixth Form study at the school.”

The Sixth Form at West Hatch is well known for its extensive range of well-established A-Level and vocational courses, its work shadowing, internships, Extended Project Qualification, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Global Young Leaders Programme and opportunities to trek and travel abroad with Camps International.

The Sixth Form Centre is set in extensive grounds with superb facilities.

Mrs Howarth added: “The school’s Sixth Form leavers take with them the confidence, skills and excellent results enabling them to compete with the best.”

Details of courses open for recruitment will be available on Monday, September 7. Visit

The school is holding its Sixth Form Open Evening on November 12.

Roding Valley High School students congratulated for “impressive” GCSE results

Students at Roding Valley High School have been congratulated on their “impressive” GCSE results.

Headteacher James Luck said: “I would like to congratulate the students for achieving such an impressive set of GCSE results for 2015.”

Overall 62 per cent of students secured five A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Mr Luck added: “We are delighted with these results in light of the positive Progress Measure which is the main basis for the Government’s new judgment criteria for schools.

“As such the majority of our students are making progress above that which is expected on entering the school.

“We are proud of the achievements of our students and this set of results reflects an enormous amount of hard work and dedication.

“I have been impressed by the commitment and determination of our students who have performed to a very high standard across a broad range of disciplines.

“I would like to thank the staff for their unstinting support of the students and would also like to thank the parents whose role in this success should not be underestimated.”

Among the top performers were head boy Naru George (12 A*s), Sophie Humphreys (nine A*s and one A), Olivia Tinker (six A*s and five As) and Rhianna Lawrence and Mia Monaghan (six A*s and four As each).

Mr Luck said: “I look forward to seeing a large number of our students returning to us for our new Sixth Form in September and I am confident that we offer outstanding progression routes for universities and employment.

“This is certainly an exciting time for the school and I am delighted to be able to congratulate our young people and wish them well for their future studies.”

Plans approved for new facility to accommodate growth in St Clare Hospice services and staff

Following rapid growth in services over the past four years, and a threefold increase in the number of people being cared for, St Clare Hospice have been given the go ahead by Epping Forest District Council to replace two dilapidated old sheds at the rear of the building that are no longer fit for purpose with a new office and storage facility.

Since 2013 alone, day therapy facilities have been enhanced, the community team of St Clare specialist nurses expanded and a new Hospice at Home service launched to enable people to receive end of life care in their own homes.

Chief executive Tanya Curry said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the plans have been approved. The past few years have been an incredibly exciting period of development for St Clare. The number of people we are able to support has tripled to more than 1,400 a year. But, of course, to achieve this, our staffing levels have been increasing across the hospice. As a stopgap measure, our retail team moved out to rented accommodation 4 years ago, but with the ongoing growth in our services, we are still desperately in need of more office space.

“The purpose-built facility means that we can save money on rent by bringing our retail office back on site and it will free up space in the main building for our expanding community, day therapy and family support teams.”

Following a detailed consultation process, Weston Homes was appointed to undertake the construction project. The proposed two-storey building will have storage space for vital clinical equipment and fundraising resources, whilst the upper floor will provide an open plan office for some of the hospice’s essential support and administrative staff. The design proposal includes dedicated facilities for the maintenance and gardening teams as well.

Tanya said: “Our vision is to be able to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place for every family who needs it. But we are not there yet and with an ageing population and people living longer, we need to continue to develop and expand our services to achieve our vision. Many more people wish to be cared for in their own home, and this is where our emphasis has to be.”

Bob Weston, CEO of Weston Homes, commented “We are delighted to support St Clare Hospice with the new two storey office, which will provide much needed space for the staff who do such a fantastic job providing specialist care for those living with terminal or life limiting illnesses. We have supported St Clare Hospice for the last 13 years and have helped raise over half a million pounds for the charity and we are proud to continue that support with the new office."