Welcome to Speech Day 2023

We are looking forward to seeing you all for speech day this year, where we come together as a school community to celebrate pupils' achievements and say goodbye to those leaving us.

A professional photographer will be capturing this special occasion.

This year's guest of honour is saxophonist, broadcaster and entrepreneur YolanDa Brown OBE DL.

Speech Day Music
Speech Day Design Technology and Art Exhibition
Prize Giving
Pre Prep, Lower I and Upper i
  • 2.15pm Service in St Mary's Church, led by Reverend David Wilson
  • 3.30pm Garden Party in Pre Prep

Friday 7th July 2023

2.15pm - 4.30pm

Smart Dress

Junior School and Senior School
  • 9.45am Junior School Service at St Mary's Church, led by Reverend Malcolm Macdonald
  • 11.15am Senior School Service at St Mary's Church, led by Reverend Malcolm Macdonald
  • 11.20am DT and Art Exhibition (Open until 1.20pm)
  • 12.30pm Picnic on Top Field (Please bring your own picnic)
  • 2.00pm Prize Giving and Speeches at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Chigwell Hall
  • 4.00pm Afternoon Tea and Refreshments at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Chigwell Hall
  • 7.30pm Summer Ball (Tickets to be purchased in advance - See FAQs)

Saturday 8th July 2023

9.45am - 5.00pm

Smart Dress

Summer Ball 7.30pm-Midnight

Introducing our Guest of Honor

YolanDa Brown OBE DL

YolanDa is a double MOBO Award winning artist, her music is a fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. She has toured with The Temptations, Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Billy Ocean and collaborated with artists such as Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance, Kelly Jones from Stereophonics and Rick Astley. She is currently composing music for the iconic Sesame Street and an animated series called Bea’s Block, as well as the Netflix Series CocoMelon Lane.

In July 2022, YolanDa was appointed Chair of BPI - the representative voice for record labels in the UK. BPI organises The BRIT Awards, The Mercury Prize and co-owns The Official Charts. The Lord Lieutenant of Greater London appointed YolanDa as a Deputy Lieutenant in October 2022.

A champion for the importance of music education, YolanDa is Chair of Youth Music, sits on the Arts Council National Council, is a trustee of the PRS Foundation, an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and London Music Fund and sits on the advisory board of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2021, she was invited by the Department of Education to sit on the advisory panel of the National Plan for Music Education. November 2022 saw YolanDa awarded the Music Week – Women in Music “Music Champion Award”.

Video Links:

YolanDa Brown & The BBC Concert Orchestra & Guy Barker Big Band

ITV News Interview YolanDa Brown

YolanDa Brown receives congratulatory messages for winning Music Week "Music Champion" Award

Commonwealth performance to the King


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a seating plan for the Church Service?

Seating for the Church services will be on a first come, first served basis. The doors will open from 9.15am.

What car park should I use?

You may use the main car park or Middle and Lower Fields (access via the gate on Roding Lane) for parking. There will be no parking in Front Quad nor at St Mary's Church. For those wanting to then use their vehicle to leave the school site and drive to the Metropolitan Police Sports Club at Chigwell Hall, you should allow yourselves 30 minutes for doing so. Parking will be available but you are also welcome to walk there if you wish.

Do I need to bring my own picnic?

Yes, we encourage families to bring their own food and drinks for the picnic on Top Field at 12.30pm. We recommend you use a cool box to store your picnic in should there be hot weather. The Sixth Form Centre will be open for ice creams and coffees, but there will be no food for sale.

Should I bring anything else to the picnic?

You are welcome to bring along gazebos and chairs to the picnic.

What is the dress code for Speech Day?

Pupils should be in full school uniform. For guests, the dress code is smart dress.

How do I book tickets for the Summer Ball?

Please check your emails for information on how to book Summer Ball tickets or contact Mrs Tina Page via email tpage@chigwell-school.org