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30 June 2014


Walthamstow Hall's 'stand-out' year was marked in style on Saturday at the annual Senior Prize-Giving ceremony. Speakers, Mr Ian Philip (Chair of Governors), Mrs Milner, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (Head Girl) and guest of honour Sir Jeremy Elwes (Governor Emeritus) all reflected on what has been an exceptional year of achievement.


The unprecedented demand for a Walthamstow Hall education; 'Excellent' ISI inspection report; examination results which put the school firmly inside national league table 'Top 50s'; an 'added value' ranking of 14th in the country; extra-curricular triumphs such as Guys and Dolls; and the continuing programme of school development, in the shape of the refurbished Ship Theatre and new Junior School Dining Hall, all received well deserved mentions. Receiving the greatest recognition however was the contribution made by students, parents, staff and governors who together make Walthamstow Hall what Mrs Milner described as "place where the very best educational 'magic' happens."


Sir Jeremy, whose service on Walthamstow Hall's governing body spanned some 26 years, congratulated prize winners on their richly deserved awards but also recognised the importance of every student's contribution to school life acknowledging that without runners-up there can be no winners! He imparted humorous but wise words of advice to Upper Sixth leavers encouraging them to use their intelligence, moral strength and all they have learnt at Walthamstow Hall to withstand society's challenges, advising that the greatest reward comes from not taking the easiest path or quickest solution. He wished all leavers fulfilling careers and lives enriched by friendship and experience where, however dazzling and brilliant the achievements, feet stay firmly planted on the ground. Above all he entreated that as the Upper Sixth set sail into life beyond Walthamstow Hall they ENJOY themselves throughout!

The Senior School looks forward to celebrating the achievements of students from Years 7 - 9 at Lower School Prize-Giving from 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th July.