A Lowestoft high school has appointed its first head boy and head girl.

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The Denes High School has awarded the head boy badge to Danny Cook and the head girl badge to Alice Cheverton, who are both in year 11.

Fellow students Zara Anderson, Samantha Cross, Clive Mandivenga and Thomas Steele were invited to assume the supporting roles of deputies.

The appointments for the head roles came after students submitted application forms outlining their strengths – leading to staff members creating a shortlist of six.

The chosen candidates were then given two days to compose a two-minute speech outlining their vision and their focus in their prospective head roles.

The adjudication panel was made up of an equal mix of both staff and students and the final decision was very close, with only a 2pc difference between the top two boys.

Headteacher at the Denes Peter Marshall said: “I am immensely proud of the work already accomplished by our newly appointed head boy and head girl, as I was by their passionate and informed speeches that secured them their roles.

“They have demonstrated great maturity, insight and confidence – traits which I’m sure will enable them to make a significant difference to the life of the school in the future.”

Danny Cook is a qualified football referee while head girl Alice Cheverton is one of Suffolk’s leading young runners.

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