ISA Whitbread Roll of Honour for Sam

Congratulations to Sam Thornton-West (Beech Hall Alumnus 2018) on his inclusion in the Independent Schools Association Whitbread Roll of Honour for 2018. Sam is one of thirty pupils recognised for their involvement in – and service to – wider aspects of school and community life, in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results. This roll of honour comes from approximately 5,000 pupils who sat GCSEs this summer at the ISA’s 506 member schools.

Sam was appointed Deputy Head Boy in June 2017 and carried out this role with outstanding energy and character. He instigated a four-day educational trip to Iceland, took the lead in investigating options with companies, selecting the company and writing the information pack for the sixty-one participants including pupils, parents and colleagues. Sam played an active role on the School Council, particularly supporting younger pupils to share their views.


Alongside six others, Sam was an integral member of a cycling team from London to Macclesfield raising £13,000 for Park Lane Special School in Macclesfield. This included six months of training before he embarked on this five-day, 230-mile adventure. Throughout his five years at the school, Sam has taken part in a number of ski trips and has been the school’s lead goalkeeper in the boy’s senior team for the last three years. Having now left the school, he plays for the staff team in the local Macclesfield 6-a-side League.


Sam’s musical career included individual performances on tuba and drums. Sam was an integral member of The Fifth, the school’s senior band, performing at Music Concerts and open events for the school and parents.


In his local community, Sam is an Explorer Scout and Young Leader with the 3rd Macclesfield Cub Pack, he plays tuba for Bollington Brass Band, and football for Bollington United U18 team.


Sam was an outstanding ambassador for the school, always comfortable to show around prospective parents, serve at official functions and represent the school at open events.  This summer, Sam has assisted the school’s Playscheme, working to support the children in a range of activities.