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Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard triumphs in annual Unity Schools Partnership sixth-form challenge


By Dave Gooderham


Sixth-form students across the Unity Schools Partnership came together to take part in a special annual challenge event.

The Sixth Form Challenge Day pitted hosts Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard against Haverhill Community Sixth Form, St Edward’s Academy of Romford and Felixstowe Academy.

Events included a University Challenge-style knowledge quiz, public speaking and engineering, physical and creative activities.

Sixth Form Challenge Day winners' award from former Great Cornard Upper School pupil Jonathan Foreman. Photo credit: Marcelle Claxton. (13874214)
Sixth Form Challenge Day winners' award from former Great Cornard Upper School pupil Jonathan Foreman. Photo credit: Marcelle Claxton. (13874214)

Kenny Alexander, director of sixth form at Thomas Gainsborough School, said: “It is great to have an event that brings together sixth form students across the Unity Schools Partnership.

“It is meant to be a nice mix between fun and competition and the students all did themselves, and their schools, proud.”

The day, which was sponsored by Observatory the Opticians and William Wardale Opticians, started with a speech from Great Britain wheelchair basketball Paralympian Wendy Smith and ended with Thomas Gainsborough School narrowly being crowned the overall winners.

Former Great Cornard pupil Jonathan Foreman, who attended the event, added: “It was a huge honour and delight to return to my old school to judge the competition.

“I was extremely impressed with the school and in particular, the committed staff and students. They have a tremendous ethos and energy. I believe these young people will help create a better world.”



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