Former pupil returns to present top award

Thomas Gainsborough School pupil Dan Young, 17, receiving his outstanding achievement in science award from Jonathan Foreman. ANL-141111-144152001
Thomas Gainsborough School pupil Dan Young, 17, receiving his outstanding achievement in science award from Jonathan Foreman. ANL-141111-144152001
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A former Great Cornard Upper School pupil, who now runs an independent optometry firm, returned to the school to give a talk on starting a business.

Jonathan Foreman, Managing Director of the Observatory Optical Group, attended the Sixth Form Science Awards at Thomas Gainsborough School last month to present an award and give students an insight into the world of business.

Mr Foreman, who lived in Great Cornard, attended the school more than 30 years ago when it was called Great Cornard Upper School.

The businessman, who runs eight practices in Suffolk and Essex under the name of Wardale Williams and Observatory the Opticians, is celebrating his 25th year in business.

After becoming a qualified optician, Mr Foreman opened his first opticians in north London in 1989.

He said he was delighted to return to his former school and see the vast improvements that had taken place.

“I spoke about how being an optician is a science-based profession and how using scientific processes in everyday life can result in major beneficial outcomes,” he said.

“If you use scientific processes with creativity and imagination, you can create something people like and want, in successful business and in life.”

Mr Foreman presented an award to sixth form pupil Dan Young for his outstanding achievement after the 17-year-old gained A*s in three science subjects, despite his predicted B grades.

Dan, from Acton, is currently studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry and plans to go to university to study physics.

The Wardale Williams Opticians award included £100 of vouchers.

“I am really pleased and grateful for the prize,” said Dan.

“I look forward to spending my vouchers on computer games and books.”