Record Results at West Hatch

West Hatch is celebrating the school’s best ever results. 93% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C and 69% achieved 5 or more higher level passes including English and Maths. 56% achieved 10 or more A*-C and 80% achieved 8 or more higher level passes. The percentage of A and A* has increased by 6% to 25%.

Top performing students include

Eleanor Meakin with 8 A*s, 2 A’s and 2 B’s

Harry Klein with 8 A*s, 2 A’s and 1 B

Khalique Naseema with 7 A*s, 5 A’s and 1 B

Anna Clark with 7 A*s, 4 A’s and 1 B

Adil Sait with 7 A*s, 2 A’s and 1 B

Philip Houseley with 6 A*s and 4 A’s

Dominik Archer with 5 A*s, 6 A’s and 1 B

Elizabeth Tomkins with 5 A*s and 6 A’s

Reece Davey with 5 A*s, 5 A’s and 2 B’s

Headteacher Frances Howarth said, “Against a backcloth where GCSE results are declining we are absolutely delighted for our students. These results are significantly above the national average and reflect all the tremendous hard work put in by our pupils and staff and the wonderful support given by parents and Governors. So many of our students will now be able to progress to Sixth Form study. We are extremely proud of what they have achieved.”



Eleanor Meakin receives her results

Top A-Level results again at West Hatch

For a fifth consecutive year A-Level students at West Hatch High School have achieved a 98 per cent plus pass rate.

Forty-five per cent gained A*-B grades with 76 per cent gaining A*-C grades. 

Twenty-one subjects had 100 per cent pass rates and many Year 13 students will be going on to top universities including members of the prestigious Russell group such as Kings College London, Queen Mary College London, Bristol and Nottingham.

Four students on the Extended BTEC Sports diploma gained the triple A* award with another gaining triple A.

On the Cache Level Diploma in Child Care and Education four students gained AAA.

The Advanced Applied Business double award and OCR Level Two business courses also recorded 100 per cent pass rates.

The average point score per entry and average point score per candidate both increased significantly.

Top performances at A-Level came from students all going on to Russell group universities.

Caitlin Heed gained A*s in English Literature, History and Psychology.

Jack Fellerman gained A*s in Mathematics and Business Studies and an A in Physics to join the A* already achieved in Chemistry in 2012.

Matthew Ground gained three As, in Economics, Mathematics and English Language, while Sana Hussain gained A*s in Business Studies and ICT and B in French.

BTEC sport students gaining triple A*s included James Colvert, Charlie Ley, Rhys, John Lewis and Harry Tew-Robinson.

Top Cache performers gaining AAA were Megan Amasanti, Daljit Cheema, Emma Hewitt and Sophie Hudson.

Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “We are extremely proud of what our students have achieved. 

“We are delighted so many of them have gained entry to their first choice university. We wish them all the very best in the future.”

A Level Results - Aug 13

Top achievers at West Hatch High School

West Hatch High School pays tribute for former head of drama Vic Norris

Tributes have been paid following the death of Vic Norris, the former head of drama at West Hatch High School, Chigwell.

Mr Norris died after suffering a stroke while working with his twin brother in Suffolk. He was due to move with his wife, Pam, from Woodford Bridge to Colchester in three weeks’ time.

Mr Norris, 61, was well-known for his involvement with West Hatch and in the local community.

He took early retirement in 2009 having spent some 20+ years at West Hatch but continued to work at the school as a supply teacher several days a week.

Staff and students past and present have been paying tribute to Mr Norris.

Jonathan Antoine, who with fellow former West Hatch student Charlotte Jaconelli formed ‘Jonathan and Charlotte’ and were runners-up in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent show, paid his own tribute on the social networking site Twitter.

Jonathan posted a message which read: “Today an extraordinary man was lost. A beautiful spirit and a kind heart who will never be forgotten. Goodnight, Vic Norris, sleep well.”

Vic’s widow, Pam, said: “He was just a leading light there (at West Hatch) and in so many other ways. He was in charge of fetes, compering events and was involved with productions.”

Only recently he returned to compere the school’s summer fete which was opened by Carli, one of his three daughters, who stars in the drama series Hollyoaks.

Pam Norris added: “He was just an all-round character. He was the one everyone would go to if they wanted something organised. He was just an amazing person who did so much for charity.”

His family have been comforted by the fact that at least 12 families have been given hope thanks to Vic’s wish that his organs to be made available for transplants.

West Hatch High School Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “Vic has been such a central figure at West Hatch over the years and will be sadly missed by all of us who had the privilege of working with him.”

Caroline Haines, the school’s marketing and development director, said: “Vic was one of the good ones; a loyal, generous and fun person who it was a privilege to know."

Mr Norris leaves his wife, Pam, daughters Vikki, Carli and Sophia and four grandchildren, Daisy, Freddy, Betsy and Lola.

His funeral was held at the City of London Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, on Tuesday 6 August followed by a gathering to remember Vic at West Hatch.

Mr Norris’s family requested no flowers at his funeral but donations which will help his family set up The Vic Norris Healing Sanctuary can be made via West Hatch High School.

Contributions – with cheques made payable to Pam Norris – can be sent c/o West Hatch High School, High Road, Chigwell.

Vic Norris

West Hatch High School awards evening

Award winners from Years 7, 8 and 9 at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, were joined by the Chair of Governors John Haley, headteacher Frances Howarth and Chigwell Parish Council representative Barry Scrutton.

Mr Scrutton spoke to students and their parents about the importance of utilising all their skills and efforts to be ready for the different directions their lives may take them.

Mrs Howarth said: “We call our evening the Rising Stars Awards because that is what so many of our students are.”



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West Hatch High School students take part in ‘vote age change’ debate

Students from West Hatch High School were among dozens of young people who took part in the Epping Forest District Youth Conference (July 5).

During the day the Year 10 students joined a debate on whether the voting age should be lowered to 16.

The vote, which took place in the chamber at the Civic Offices in Epping, saw 55 per cent of the students vote in favour of the change.

Nick Bell, Student Voice Leader at West Hatch High School, said: “The students were a real credit to the school and represented the young people of our district in an exemplary manor.

“They engaged in question and answer sessions regarding the local area as well as break out discussion groups to form the district council’s youth council manifesto for next year.”

He added: “They were extremely vocal and were able to put their views across in a mature and intelligent way.

“The highlight of the day was the formal debate where students debating the motion of ‘16s and above should be able to vote’.

“The students made some extremely good points and were able to hold their own against many other local schools who have their own debating societies.”




The West Hatch High School students who took part in the youth conference at the Civic Offices in Epping

Pupils celebrate Design Technology Day

Pupils at West Hatch High School – and the Design Technology department – celebrated the annual Design Technology Day by undertaking tasks with industry professionals.

The theme involved celebrations, festivals and cultures.

This was chosen as a way of celebrating the diverse backgrounds of the school’s pupils. 

Activities were undertaken in textiles, food and resistant materials.

In textiles, Emma Nissim, a sustainable fashion designer based in Greenwich, worked with pupils to design and make personalised gifts using the decoupage technique.

This consisted of collecting fashion images which were then organised and decorated onto products such as photo frames, boxes and baskets using a number of layers of glue. This taught pupils how to make gifts that are personal while celebrating occasions.

Pupils used a wide range of images that were personal to them and worked individually to produce some very stylish pieces.

Pupil Elza Bejtullahu said: "I didn’t realise how such a simple technique could make a gift so much more interesting."

In resistant materials Robert Earl-Ocran, an established toy designer, taught pupils how to make a tennis game to celebrate the current Wimbledon tournament.

Pupils worked with plastic, card and high impact plastic. They then practised playing the game against each other.

In food technology, David Lloyd Chigwell’s head chef Graeme Holmes worked with pupils in teams to produce food that would be suitable to serve at a selection of events.

He demonstrated food skills with certain ingredients.

The focus was on presentation as well as taste. Pupils first watched a demonstration then went on to make pancakes, pretzels, mince pies and spring rolls. 

Pupils were interested to know about foods that were eaten during celebrations, and fascinated to develop skills using ingredients they would not normally come across in their day-to-day lives.


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(left to right) Students happy with their sugar treats – Ropa Gutu, Stephanie Simao Trindade, Gemma Peckham and Maggie Ochieng


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West Hatch High School musicians entertain at village fete

Six singers from West Hatch High School, Chigwell, gave performances at the Rotary Club Bank Holiday Monday Fete on Chigwell Green (May 27).

Morgan Boughey and Ella Sabine (Year 10), Hannah Brandon (Year 11) and Roslyn Lloyd, Christian de Gallerie and Camara Fearon (Year 12) impressed with their range of solos and duets.

Ella said: “it was a very different experience to sing in the open air but very enjoyable and positive to be able to do something for the community."

Musicians from the High Road school are about to start a very busy period – including singing at Mansion House (June 25) and Guildhall (July 9) in the City of London as well as at their in-house production of the hit musical Oliver! (June 26-28) and the Summer Party with The Cockney Counts (June 29).

Singing teacher Jenny Ewington said: "The students all did an amazing job – they were all extremely professional and I was very proud of them."

West Hatch headteacher Frances Howarth said: "We have had tremendous feedback on how well the singers performed and how professional they sounded.

“They were a credit to West Hatch. We have so many talented students at West Hatch. Well done to all  involved especially Sara Gabriel (Careers Communities and Enterprise Co-Ordinator) and Jenny Ewington.


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Christian de Gallerie and Hannah Brandon performing at the Chigwell Fete

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West Hatch High School under-14s basketball team celebrate cup success

West Hatch High School’s under-14s basketball team have won the Harlow and West Essex District Cup with a 48-44 victory over St John’s School, Epping.

The team was unbeaten in four matches and then recorded the narrow victory in the final held at Passmores Academy in Harlow on Thursday, May 9.

The victorious West Hatch squad is Durell Prempeh,  Jaiden Bramwell, Joe Johnson, Brandon Mcdonald, Antoine Milla, John Mavideniz, Antony James, Chibudo Ike, Mahin Ahmed, Zahid Petkar, Benson Maira, Erikas Pleikys and Karl Reading.

West Hatch High School PE teacher Jamie Howell said: “The team have trained hard all year and played excellently throughout all the games.

"During the final which was a close contest all players played their part with captain Antoine Milla leading the charge scoring 19 points followed by the MVP (most valuable player) Durrell Prempeh who scored 15.”

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The victorious West Hatch High School under-14 basketball team with the Harlow and West Essex District Cup

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