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Forest boys return to celebrate their success

The Forest School welcomed back old faces last week as the ‘Class of 2019’ returned for the annual Awards Evening celebration. Joining them was the guest speaker, Mr Andrew Dowlen-Gilliland, who is an ex-student at The Forest School and is now the Chairman of the London and South East Region of the Royal Marines Charity.

Chair of Governors, Cliff Purvis, congratulated the young men on their outstanding achievements and offered them some words of wisdom as they move on to the next stage of their education and careers.

Parents, staff, Governors and friends were there to celebrate the GCSE success of all the boys and to see trophies and prizes awarded to those who had attained particular achievements, across the curriculum as well as community, and special whole school awards.

Highlights of the evening included 5 awards being presented to Hamish Barnett and 4 awards going to Max Donnelly, Imran Darr and Calum McCartney, including The University of Brighton Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement which went to Imran Darr for his superb exam results. Mr Ian Tomkins, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Every year, we have a high number of boys who achieve exceptional GCSE and higher level exam results, but Imran truly deserved this accolade.” The Awards Evening also recognises those pupils who make exceptional progress, and the Frank Newby Award for outstanding progress went to Hamish Barnett.

Headteacher Mr Straw said of the evening: “It was a lovely, joyous event. I was so proud; it is such a special occasion where the school community can celebrate every student’s achievements.

“These young men will always be Forest boys; we wish all of them the very best for their futures.”

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