Town’s schools combine to showcase talent bonanza

Forest and Millais pupils: Back Row L-R: Lewis Lathey, PC Keith Beckley, Mr Andy Skinner, Mr Scott Swift, Max Lavender'Brown, Ms Claire Ebelewicz'Front Row L-R: Joe Henderson, Hana Beckwith, Sammi Boothby, Megan Jones
Forest and Millais pupils: Back Row L-R: Lewis Lathey, PC Keith Beckley, Mr Andy Skinner, Mr Scott Swift, Max Lavender'Brown, Ms Claire Ebelewicz'Front Row L-R: Joe Henderson, Hana Beckwith, Sammi Boothby, Megan Jones
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Has Britain got talent? Forest and Millais Schools in Horsham certainly do, as they put on a show that would give the X Factor a run for its money.

In pursuit of the coveted third annual FM Factor trophy, Millais duet Megan Jones and Sammi Boothby came out on top.

The victorious duo were described by assistant head teacher at Forest Mr Swift as an amazing talent, and he even went as far as saying that he would pay money to see them live.

The panel of judges was made up of community police officer PC Keith Beckley, Horsham District Council senior youth officer Claire Ebelewicz, and teachers Mr Swift, from Forest, and Mr Skinner from Millais.

Runner up Hana Beckwith produced what judge Mr Skinner described as a stunning performance.

Nevertheless, she was not alone as Lottie Wright surprised the 200-strong audience with her deceptively small frame producing a remarkably big voice.

Meanwhile dancers Katie Duffin and Luke Withyman depicted the variety in the competition, with two very diverse performances both receiving a deserved ovation from the spectators.

Third place Joe Henderson overwhelmed the judges with his own song and according to PC Keith Beckley set the bar very high for the remaining acts.

Now it was the turn of Millais teacher Mr Mill to steal the show and prove why he was such a popular figure amongst the Millais section of the audience.

The whole evening was superbly compared by Forest’s very own Ant and Dec, Lewis Lathey and Max Lavender-Brown, both Year 11 Forest pupils, who ably kept the whole evening running smoothly.

They also headed the organising team and were supported by Mrs Ward, community and enrichment programme manager at Forest, the Forest community leaders, and a fantastic technical team led by Forest pupil Michael Fox.

Contributed by Jack Mallows