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    West Hatch High School remembers former student

    A cherry tree has been planted at West Hatch High School in memory of a former student who died in a road collision earlier this year.

    The parents of Mandeep Padda - who was known as Mandy - have also donated a memorial bench which has been placed near the school’s Sixth Form block and a special trophy to be presented each year for creativity in upper school studies.

    Mandy, 20, was involved in a collision on Epping New Road last February.

    Mandy, a former A-level student at the High Road school, attended the school from 2005 until 2011.

    Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “Mandy was a very gifted and talented art student. She was a pleasure to teach. She had very creative ideas and the technical ability to produce outstanding work.

    “Mandy was a kind, thoughtful and considerate student who had a great sense of humour. She was popular and, as a school prefect, contributed much to the life at West Hatch.”

    Her family said: “Mandy was a very precious person - loving and caring at all times - thinking of others before herself.”

    They said the bench, tree and trophy would ensure that Mandy would always be remembered at West Hatch.

    A short outdoor memorial service which reflected Mandy’s love of colour and travel was held at the school today (Wednesday, September 17) and - was led by Rev Ian Monks, curate at St Paul’s Church, Woodford Bridge.

    The service was followed by a reception in the school library where cakes and pastries were served, reflecting Mandy’s sweet tooth and love of desserts.

    Several pieces of her art work were also on display.

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    Mandy’s family and friends at the memorial bench which has been placed near the school’s Sixth Form block