Ex student Danielle Cavender graduates with First Class Degree in History

Published on 18 July 2017

Ex student Danielle Cavender graduates with First Class Degree in History

The History Department were delighted to welcome back to the school ex-student Danielle Cavender who has just graduated with a First Class Degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Danielle dedicated her dissertation called ‘Hope in Hell’ to Mr Downey and Mr Cooksey who she believes were instrumental in igniting her passion for History. In a moving accompanying letter Danielle explained how her “teachers’ passion for the subject, diligence, enthusiasm and  investment in her” was something she wanted to mark and hence her decision to dedicate her dissertation to her A Level History teachers at the school.

Danielle’s dissertation, in many ways ground breaking, is an investigation into pregnancy and childbirth in the Nazi concentration camps between October 1944 and May 1945. “It is an original perspective and a very impressive piece of research” said Mr Downey. “Both  Mr Cooksey and I were really touched by her dedication. Danielle was an outstanding A Level student and we are delighted that she has achieved such a fantastic degree outcome as we fully expected her to do.” Mr Cooksey said that the department were "extremely proud of Danielle's achievements" and that the dissertation would "take pride of place in my book collection".