School celebrates star students

THE FOREST School in Comptons Lane, Horsham, welcomed back old faces last week as this year’s school leavers returned for the annual Awards Evening celebration.

Joining them was ex-Forest pupil and now avionics engineer Craig West.

Craig, who left Forest in 2003 and has since gone on to be an award winning engineer, graduating with a first class honours Masters degree in avionic systems and pilot studies.

He was also awarded a place in the top 10 engineering graduates in Britain by the British Graduate 100 Award programme that honours the top young graduates in the country.

Craig returned to offer words of inspiration to the young men as they gathered for the annual Awards Evening.

Parents, staff and friends of the school took the opportunity to congratulate all pupils on their GCSE success and to see cups and prizes, including the new County Times history award, presented to those who had attained particular achievements.

Cliff Purvis, chair of governors, said: “This year’s award winners are especially proud to be receiving a number of beautiful new awards kindly sponsored by businesses and individuals who support the school.

“I would like to thank SSE, Sodexo, Brewers, Elementus, Arun Office, Rawlison Butler, Dr Frank Newby, The Printed Word, The County Times, Randstad Recruitment and The Rotary Club of Horsham for their generous sponsorship.”

Headteacher Siobhan Denning said of the evening: “It is always such a special event that celebrates every pupil’s achievements.

“It was wonderful to have Craig return to the school and offer such words of encouragement to the boys as they begin the next stage of their lives.”