Mark of appreciation

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School's production of The Government Inspector.: back row left to right Rebecca Beecroft, Richard Agar (centre), Christopher Coldicott; Olivia Ford and Alex Sotrios, front row left to right.
Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School's production of The Government Inspector.: back row left to right Rebecca Beecroft, Richard Agar (centre), Christopher Coldicott; Olivia Ford and Alex Sotrios, front row left to right.

Students leaving school for the last time have awarded honours to their creative arts teachers.

At the close of their performance of The Government Inspector last night (Thursday), senior pupils of Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School presented their tutors with a certificate of excellence.

Speaking on behalf of the leavers, Richard Agar said: “We are not students, rather government inspectors inspecting the drama department.”

He praised the teachers for “outstanding conduct and their services to drama as a whole”, before presenting them with medallions, symbolising the Order of Vladimir, an award given to civilian officials and servicemen for merit.

Chris Coldicott, who played the title role, said: “I started drama in year 12 and I must say I have never had such great teachers in my life.”

Department head Jon Parker praised the students for their dedication. “You have worked so hard, you have our total respect and admiration.

“This is such a difficult production; even for professional actors, this is such a challenging show.”

* For a review of The Government Inspector, see the Derbyshire Times, published July 28.