Helena Romanes School in Dunmow celebrated pupils' achievements with their annual certificate presentation evening.

The event was held on Wednesday, December 6, and recognised pupils who took their examinations in the summer, along with the recipients of other special awards.

Eve O'Neill and Matthew Sweet won the GCSE Academic Achievement Award, which is presented to the two GCSE students who gained the highest scores during the academic year of 2022 to 2023.

The Helena Romanes Prize, which is awarded to a student who has achieved in the face of adversity, went to Jack Hollins.

Meanwhile the Trevor Philips Award for History recognises the achievement of an individual student from last year's GCSE History cohort, and was awarded to Ruby Long.

The Gemma Marshall Award for Textiles was named in honour of Gemma Marshall, who was a distinguished student at the school from 1995 to 2003.

Gemma went on to study at the Winchester School of Art, but sadly died in November 2006. The special award was created to honour her memory.

This year's recipients of the award were Imogen Cooper and Imogen Whisken.


The Maggie Eversden Award for Chemistry is a new award for Chemistry named in honour of Maggie Eversden, who was a senior science technician at Helena Romanes from 2001 to 2002.

Maggie sadly died from cancer in June this year.

The award went to Louise Mourton, and each year is presented to a student who has excelled in their chemistry performance and demonstrated 'commitment and excellence' in their learning of chemistry.

Winning students were congratulated by Helena Romanes School's executive headteacher Catherine Davis.

Dunmow Broadcast: The debate teams from Helena Romanes School have progressed to the next roundThe debate teams from Helena Romanes School have progressed to the next round (Image: HRS)

Students in Year 7 and Year 10 at Helena Romanes also recently took part in the Takeley and Dunmow Rotary Clubs Youth Speaks Competition, which took place on Monday, December 4.

The teams debated on topics including the length of lunchtimes in school and its impact, and the use of fireworks and their consequences.

Both teams progressed to the next round, which will be held in February.

Helena Romanes School is an all-through school and sixth form in Parsonage Downs.