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I am Whitgift - David A

David Aboagye  TableTennis Champion & Chess Enthusiast

“Being at Whitgift has taught me to make the most of the many opportunities here and to aspire to be the best that you can be for yourself.”

David discovered many of his interests and passions at Whitgift including Table Tennis, Football, Cricket and Hockey. He also enjoys being a regular member of the Chess Club and the Debating Society, and his favourite subjects are Japanese and Theology & Philosophy. 

He has won multiple Tennis tournaments and achieved the title of Table Tennis ETTA Schools' National Champions 2019/20 with the Whitgift U13 Team.

Femi Owalade-Coombes

Femi Owolade-Coombes Computer-coding entrepreneur and philanthropist

“Femi is a Design, Technology and engineering scholar at Whitgift. His passion for coding led him to set up South London Raspberry Jam – which looks to share his skills and knowledge with other young people.”

Since then, Femi has gone on to run many coding and robot workshops across the UK and internationally, as well as delivering keynote speeches at industry events for RedHat, Amazon and Lloyds Banking Group.  He has also travelled to South-East Asia and China, representing young tech talent in the UK for the Department of International Trade and Global Tech Advocates. The community events he runs with other volunteers, have been praised for being pioneering with their focus on diversity and inclusion. He has also won several prestigious awards including The Inaugural Legacy Diana Award, The Prime Minister's Points of Light award and a Tech London Advocates 25 Under 25 Award. 

He is a passionate hockey player, and having been at the School for a few years, he is often involved in mentoring  or supporting younger students at School events.

I am Whitgift

Jack Godwin        IB Student & Thespian

“Choosing the IB diploma allowed me to keep my options open and explore different possibilities.”

Jack joined Whitgift at 13+ and from his first acting part at the School, met many peers, older students and staff who helped him transition and feel at home. Since then, he has appeared in numerous roles, demonstrating his acting range from the role of Macbeth to Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. 

Upon joining Sixth Form, Jack chose to study the International Baccalaureate, allowing him to study subjects he was passionate about at a higher level and challenging himself by studying a new language alongside his science subjects. 

He enjoys many co-curricular activities such as attending the Debating Society, Languages Film Club, Drama Club, and Guitar Club. He also enjoys playing for the Rugby A Team and has volunteered working as a sports coach at a local school during the holidays. 

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Arjun Gobiraj        Old Whitgiftian

“From acting on the Big School stage alongside my friends to singing on nationally-televised BBC1 Christmas Broadcasts, Whitgift has given me a platform to excel and has provided me with childhood memories I'll never forget.”

OW Arjun is a former School Vice Captain and was a committed fundraiser, who volunteered for many charity events. His efforts included setting up a Food Bank over lockdown, organising the Charity Concert and receiving a Wings of Hope award with his team, raising money for the education of children in South India and Uganda.

He appeared in many Chamber Choir concerts and was part of the Croydon Minster Choir. He achieved an ARSM Diploma on the flute as well as an ARSM Diploma for Singing. Alongside his volunteering and musical interests, he attended the Charities Committee, Medical Society (MedSoc) and the Advanced Biology Club (ABC). 

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Bakari Leon        Talented Musician & Young Reporter 

“I’m always inspired by the School’s Music & Drama Departments, there are so many people who are dedicated and happy to teach you, it is such a welcoming community to be a part of.”

Bakari is part of the Young Reporter Scheme and enjoys attending Junior Drama Club, Programming Club, Badminton Club and Golf. He is well-known for his musical talents and is a member of the Soul Choir and Big Band, appearing in many performances such as House Drama, House Music, Hairspray and Around the World in 80 Days. 

He has achieved several awards for his singing talents and most recently won 1st place at the Lent Singing Competition 2021. He also plays the saxophone, loves writing poetry and regularly volunteered to visit and perform for the residents of Whitgift House.

Max Bateup

        Aspiring writer & Student Council Mentor

“Whitgift has supported me in many ways, and I have been surrounded by superb teachers who inspire me to reach my goals. I have joined the Student Council and signed up to become a mentor to younger boys in the School.”

Max was inspired to sign up to the Peer mentoring course, a programme to support younger students throughout their Whitgift career. He was awarded Winner of The Headmaster’s Award for Outstanding All Round Academic Achievement in (2018 - 2019) and has been appointed School Vice-Captain (2021 - 2022). 

He is also a member of the English Society and enjoys playing Football for the School U16A Team, recently joining the senior Football programme with the 2nd XI.  In his lunchtime he is either playing Golf or working on completing his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), an independent research project for Sixth Formers.

Isaac Kong

Isaac Kong Old Whitgiftian

“The IB programme, which I hadn’t considered before, gave me the opportunity to thrive as a person and hone my interests in several subjects.”

OW Isaac was a former Upper School Prefect and full time boarder, and was one of Whitgift's Academic Scholars having achieved 9A* and 3As in IGCSE.

He has a keen interest in Medical Sciences and holds an offer to read Medicine at Hong Kong University. He has completed work experience at St Thomas’ Hospital and enjoyed attending various lectures from gene therapy to causes of cancer. 

With some of his peers, he was an organiser of several fundraising activities for the WOHAA Charity, raising most funds for children in Malawi. Through this process he learnt values of teamwork and compassion. The team received an award for their fundraising efforts and became Wings of Hope Achievement Winners.

Max Ronte

Max Ronte Old Whitgiftian

“Whitgift’s holistic approach to education is its greatest asset. There has never been a moment, across all aspects of School life, that I have not felt completely supported. The teachers and coaches are enthusiastic, motivating, caring and reliable.”

OW Max Ronte achieved top grades in each of his eleven GCSE subjects and is studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.

Inspired by his GCSE studies of Chinese, Max undertook significant research into China’s Economy by producing a presentation of undergraduate quality in its purview, freshness and clarity. Globally minded, self-motivated and forensic in his approach to deducing new languages, Max was an exceptional student of German and was awarded runner-up (highly commended) in the Institute of Economic Affairs essay competition 2019.

Max gave assemblies in his role as Holocaust Educational Trust ambassador and he mentored younger pupils struggling with social challenges of school life. He was also a devoted member of numerous academic societies including the Philosophy Society and History and Politics Society.

Max sings, plays the saxophone to Grade 7 standard, was an outstanding rower and Captain of the boat club (2018-2020), charming ambassador for the School and organiser of the prefect body in his role as School Vice Captain. He also established the school’s table-top gaming club with another student.