Jack Petchey CBE is a businessman, who has spent many years recognising and supporting the work of young people across the south east of England. Born and brought up in the East End of London Jack Petchey set up the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme in order to celebrate the work of students and others who have made a real difference to their school communities.

At WHSG we recognise students who have shown excellence in one our school values: independence, curiosity, resilience, honesty, integrity, respect and common sense, along with awards for leadership and team spirit. Students are nominated by their peers and selected by the School Council. Each successful award winner receives a certificate and pin badge in an end of term Celebration Assembly. They also have £200 to spend on a department of their choice. So far this year, a student has spent their prize money on a tapas meal for her A level Spanish class to enrich the curriculum and we hope to have some more equipment for the netball team shortly.

Winners are also invited to receive a medallion at the Borough Awards Evening, attended by the Mayor and other VIP guests. Below are some photographs of our most recent winners at the Award Ceremony in February.

  • Entrants must be aged 11 – 25
  • You can only win the award ONCE during your school life
  • We ask for nominations between September – May
  • September and April are for teacher nominations only; every other month is for student nominations.

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge - Monday 20 April 2015

On Monday, Year 10 students from across the London Borough of Sutton competed in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge which was hosted by Wallington High School for Girls.  The competition was a very successful event with 17 fantastic speeches.  Our own students gave very impressive speeches (Isabel and Alisha , both from Seacole) and our Glee Club, Iona, Debra and Sumni, that showed just how wonderful Wally Gils are. 

More photographs can be found on the Jack Petchey website:-


Jack Petchey Achievement Awards 2014/2015

Emma  (8 Seacole) - The award for respect. Emma was nominated by her peers for  respect to both her teachers and peers. She is always willing to help and is “too kind”.

Lydia  (13FWS) - The award for independence. Lydia was nominated for her  independence through travelling and learning about different cultures.

Sruthi (7 Sharman) - The award for responsibility. Sruthi was nominated for  taking on a lot of responsibility in her tutor group, even though she isn’t the Form Captain. She helps out her friends a lot.

Imogen (11 Seacole) – The award for curiosity. Imogen was nominated for her academic and  non-academic ‘adventurousness’ – she is curious and shows a thirst for knowledge both in lessons and also in her extra-curricular activities. One of her peers said that “this is an admirable trait of hers and she deserves to have it celebrated, partly because it is what makes her so successful”

Pooja (12KHD) – The award for honesty. Pooja was nominated for her honesty to her peers. For example, she gives useful and constructive criticism when asked, even if it is not always the easiest thing to do.

Charm  (13RRC) – The award for resilience. Despite facing a difficult period, Charm manages to cope with school life, coming in every day and being ain inspiration for the rest of Year 13.