Ex-pupil's advice: Reach for sky

Former Bishop Luffa pupil and new Sky News presenter Charlotte Hawkins helped celebrate current pupils' successes at the school's annual achievement evening on May 10.

Two hundred Year 11 pupils joined teachers and proud parents to listen to affectionate and entertaining accounts of each tutor group before each pupil was presented with their own achievement folder.

The school also listened to a talk by Charlotte Hawkins, who joined Sky News' Sunrise programme in January. Previously she spent three years as co-anchorwoman of the main news programme for ITV Meridian.

During her talk Charlotte outlined the challenges she has faced during her career and reminded the students of the value of friends, family and colleagues.

"As you make that journey through life, it's not just what you actually do in your career which matters most, it's the people who travel with you."

Other guests included chairman of West Sussex County Council Margaret Johnson, High Sheriff of West Sussex Colin Field, Mayor of Chichester Mr Rob Campling, the county's head of special projects Mike Wilson and former headteacher John Ashwin.

Paying tribute to the year group, headteacher Nick Taunt spoke of the warm friendship that existed among the pupils.

"At our final Year 11 Eucharist, one of the students spoke of how fond he was of all his fellow students. That slightly old-fashioned word I think captures perfectly the way they support each other."

Afterwards everyone shared memories and discussed their plans for the future at a special reception.