Horsham school honours pupil who died in rail tragedy

The celebration evening at Tanbridge House School
The celebration evening at Tanbridge House School

A Horsham school has honoured a pupil who died in a rail tragedy.

Tanbridge House School (THS) paid tribute to Will Hallett by awarding him the new THS role model award which was presented to his parents.

The school said Kirsty MacKay, ex-leader of year 11, made a wonderful tribute to Will, who died when the car he was in collided with a train.

Former pupils at the school were invited back for a celebration evening, on Wednesday December 5, for all pupils, at which the award was presented.

More than 350 people from the class of 2018, including friends and family members, attended the new style GCSE presentation evening.

The event is now called A Celebration of Achievement – sponsored by DHM Stallard.

Jules White, headteacher of THS, said: “This was a fantastic evening which allowed us reflect back on the past academic year and formally acknowledge a high number of well deserving students.”

The evening aimed to focus on a range of achievements and accolades for the class of 2018.

It ensured that the entire year group had the opportunity to share in the celebrations.

During the evening ex-students were able to collect their GCSE certificates before a number of prizes and awards were handed.

The honours marked some of the academic and personal triumphs of the year group.

The students enjoyed seeing their year six induction day video again, as well as listening to a speech delivered by Niall Erskine and Charleigh Lacey, the ex-head boy and girl.

One staff member was also awarded during the evening, through the governors’ award for outstanding commitment to THS.

This was presented to Kitty Loveridge, a long standing travelling music teacher who has served THS (as well as other schools) teaching strings for years.

The final award, the Leslie prize for outstanding academic achievement and contribution to school sponsored by Horsham High School, was awarded to Salome Tirado Okeze, who achieved fantastic GCSE results and contributed greatly to school life.

Mr White added: “I would like to congratulate the year group for their results and achievements and say thank you to the school community as a whole, in particular Kirsty MacKay (extended leadership team), Aaron Thorpe (leader of year) and Tracey Washington-Jones (year 11 pastoral assistant).”

The school said it would like to thank DMH Stallard for sponsoring the event as well as a number of prize sponsors.

These were: Action Medical Research, Care UK, DJ80 Disco, Friends of THS, Gemini Data Loggers, Horsham CoWorking, Horsham Football Club, Horsham Mortgage Centre, Horsham Rotary Club, Horsham High School, John Snelling and Inner Wheel of Horsham, John and Carol Head, K.D.F. Academy of Dance and Fitness, Kip McGrath, Mortgage Solutions Ltd, Mr and Mrs Parkes, Neil Dunne Welding, Parkfield Landscapes, Peter Tobutt, Smart Refine, X1 Gaming Lounge.