Each year the School presents dozens of awards to students in both the Main School and the Sixth Form.
Awards are presented for academic achievements, achievements in sports and music, contributions to the school's community and the local community, and for many other reasons. News about the School's Awards Evenings can be found on the News pages, whilst information about upcoming awards can be found in the Calendar.
Each month a student in the School is selected to receive a Jack Petchey Achievement Award. The Jack Petchey scheme runs throughout East London and West Essex, and recognises the effort and achievements of young people. The winner is given a certificate and £200 to spend on a community project. The School further awards students with personal vouchers worth £20.
The system for deciding on each month's award winner involves inviting staff, governors, year councils and prefects to nominate an individual for an award. These nominations are put to senior staff who decide each month's successful recipient of the achievement award. The criteria for selection are wide and although excellence in academic, sporting and musical performance is considered, it has been agreed that equal or greater emphasis should be given to those who show high levels of effort and commitment in any area of school life.
Each year the School presents a series of awards to students that have been established by former students, parents and governors.
The School presents a series of awards to students that have been established by former students, parents and governors.
These are detailed below.
This prize is awarded to the student making the greatest contribution to Modern Foreign Languages. It is in memory of Bianca McKenna who was Head of Modern Languages in the school from 1997 to her untimely death in 2005. She transformed language teaching and learning in the school, introducing her native Italian as the school's second language.
This award is presented to a student who has excelled in the field of business and economics. It is in memory of Damien who died tragically in a car accident whilst he was a member of the Sixth Form.
The Denis Stephens Award is given to the student making the greatest contribution to Design and Technology. It is in memory of Denis Stephens who taught Design and Technology in the school from 1978 to 2002. His cheerful and good humoured approach to school life was all the more remarkable for the health difficulties he confronted in teaching right through to his retirement. He died in 2006. The Prize was donated by Mrs Gloria Stephens.
This award is open to members of Year 11, whose coursework is judged by members of the Governing Body to have the best expression and overall quality of writing.
This prize was generously donated by Mrs J Duignan in memory of her husband who, until his death in 1984, was Head of Geography and Head of Senior School. The prize is awarded to a student for outstanding progress in Years 10 and 11.
The Philip Maloney Prize was generously donated by Mrs P Moloney and the Old Boys’ Association. Mr Moloney was Headmaster of the school from 1964 until 1980. The prize is awarded to the Lower Sixth student achieving the best results in Mathematics.
This prize was kindly donated by Mrs. T. Burrows in memory of her husband who died whilst their son was a student at the School. The prize is awarded to a history student in the Lower Sixth for the best history essay.
This cup is awarded for outstanding academic achievement in the Lower Sixth. It was donated by friends in memory of Timothy Murphy, a former student who died during his first year at university.
The Van Meenan Cup is awarded to the Year 11 student who achieves the best set of GCSE results in his year. The Cup is in memory of Mgr Jules Van Meenan, who was Parish Priest at St Mary’s, Hornchurch for many years.
This trophy is presented to the player of the tour following our bi-annual rugby tour. It is presented in memory of old boy James Patterson who so sadly passed away in September 2005 at the age of 28. James toured with Campion in 1994 and after leaving school went on to play at Cotton's Park for Campion RFC. He epitomised the Campion ethos, was an ultimate clubman, a friend to everyone and was proud to be a former pupil of Campion School.
The thought behind the awarding of a trophy was to honour James's memory by recognising James's qualities in another young rugby player, namely those of being a team player. James was not necessarily the player with outstanding skills on the pitch but always played a very important role both on and off the field of play. The players themselves decide who the recipient should be, the criteria being someone they believe has made the most contribution to the tour from fundraising, organisation, commitment to training, enthusiasm, friendship and teamship, all qualities which were personified in James.
As well as the trophy there is an additional gift which is unique to each tour and is something which is kept by each winner, usually a framed shirt. James left behind a young wife and baby girl and his family have devoted time and energy to fundraise for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and if you feel that you would like to help or find out more about the work they do you can visit www.c-r-y.org.uk.
The trophy was last awarded in 2013 to Matthew Birtles, who was presented the award by James' dad, Peter. He was also presented with a British Lions shirt signed by Alex Corbisiero who, with the help of Kevin Lidlow, teleconferenced live from Northampton Rugby Club to make the presentation.
The Cecil Acott Cup is awarded to the student who has made an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the school during the academic year. It is donated as a legacy by Cecil Acott, who was a governor of the School from 1972 to 1976. He continued to attend all musical events at the School, which he enjoyed immensely until near his death in September 1997.
This award is given in memory of Paddy, a Year 12 student who died tragically whilst on a school trip. The award, donated by Paddy's family, is awarded to a Year 12 student who has contributed fully to the life of the Sixth Form.
The Rick Grice Award is presented to the student who has made the most progress and the greatest contribution to the school ski trip. It is in memory of Rick Grice, a former PE advisor in the borough who died tragically whilst on a climbing trip. This account was written by a former colleague of Rick:
"Rick died the summer of 1986 when I moved to Germany. If my memory serves me well, he died attempting to reach two other friends and colleagues who had fallen on a climb in the Alps. Rick introduced me to the outdoor world. I climbed with him in France, Italy, Spain and the UK. I was with him in Italy when he broke his leg in 7 places. This was a staff training exercise for a summer student trip to the Alps. In 1978 we took several Havering students to the top of many Alpine peaks including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. I was one of many Havering teachers who were trained by Rick to become MLC and more. I owe a great deal to Rick Grice. Many young people have undertaken many fantastic activities led by teachers who were influenced by Rick. I suspect that many teachers left in the borough who remember Rick. I am so pleased that his name has not been forgotten."
This award is presented to a student who has made a tremendous contribution to both the school and the local community. The award is sponsored by Robertson Milroy Accountants, a local firm who are keep to support school initiatives.
This award is given in recognition of a student's contribution to traditions of The Campion School. It is awarded to a student who, over many years, has helped contribute to and develop the very best of The Campion School.
This cup is awarded in memory of one of the school’s parents, Judy Morgan, to the student who displays outstanding qualities in academic, sporting and spiritual areas.
This award is presented to the student who has overcome personal obstacles in order to make significant progress within the school. Paul is a former teacher of technology who has suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years.
The Dr. Robert Bell Cup is awarded in memory of a former deputy headmaster of the School. The award is presented to a student who has made exceptional progress overcoming personal challenges during their school career.