Magician is latest ex-West Hatch student to reach final of Britain’s Got Talent

May 27th, 2016


Magician Richard Jones has become the fourth ex-West Hatch High School student to reach the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in the last five years.

The 25-year-old, who left the High Road school six years ago, wowed the judges – and television audience – with another magicial performance as he won Tuesday’s semi-final and landed himself a place in Saturday’s final.

West Hatch alumni are no strangers on the Britain’s Got Talent stage.

Four years ago singers Charlotte Jaconelli and Jonathan Antoine were runners-up while Sonny Jay – with the band Loveable Rogues – reached the final in the same year.

Away from his magic, Richard Jones plays the piano and trombone and learned the latter at Redbridge Music School going from brass club to symphony orchestra with the music school playing at many venues including the Royal Albert Hall.

During his time at West Hatch – he lived in Woodford Bridge during his school days – Richard volunteered at the Chigwell Riding Trust and completed his bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Richard, who still keeps in touch with West Hatch music teacher Mauro Sheehan, left West Hatch at the age of 18 and joined the Army, a year later being posted to the Band of the Parachute Regiment.

In 2014 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and posted to the Band of the Household Cavalry where he learned to ride a horse.

Richard rode in the Trooping of the Colour last year and was at the recent Royal Windsor Horse Show working 16 hours a day.

Because he was working during the London auditions for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Richard attended the auditions in Liverpool.

Richard achieved A-level music while at West Hatch but it was at Redbridge Music School that he progressed through the trombone and had private piano lessons.

Richard, who was deputy head boy at West Hatch, won the Sixth Form Service to the School community award in 2009.

Wellington School Sport Reaps Rewards

May 26th, 2016

This weekend at the Millfield Ten Schools Championships, athletes from Wellington School braved atrocious weather conditions to triumph across the board.

Headmaster Henry Price comments, “I am delighted our athletes performed so well in such adverse conditions.  Their team spirit, good humour and sense of co-operation across all year groups turned a challenging afternoon into a festival of achievement.”

The Wellington boys overall came a resounding first overall with 407 points, beating the next school by a whopping 58 points. The girls came a superb second overall after Millfield. Individually, the U17 and U16 boys also beat all opposition, coming in first place, whilst our O16 and U16 girls came in second.

“There were some outstanding individual performances and as ever, some unsung heros who stepped up to the mark at the last minute,” continued Mr Price.

The athletics triumph is echoed in the School’s cricket results, with all teams performing strongly this season and winning every block fixture. Wellington School puts out 8 or 9 teams each weekend and the boys and girls play together for the Colts team, with a female captain – Cassie Coombes.  There are also some girls’ only fixtures. The addition of expert coaches such as ex England Women’s cricketer Caroline Foster and ex England Hockey Coach Greg Durston has further strengthened the overall sporting offering, under Director of Sport and Wellbeing, Steffan Jones’ expert guidance.

“The success of our athletics and cricket squads reflects the focus on the physical wellbeing of all pupils in the School.  Success in fixtures is a welcome by-product of the school-wide programme of increased levels of fitness and trying to build a healthy lifestyle that will benefit pupils at school and beyond.  We are delighted that the results are improving in a relatively short period of time and we will continue to deliver wellbeing sessions as part of our overall sporting offering.  Congratulations to all our pupils across all sports on a rewarding season so far,” concluded Henry Price.