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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Family tradition for new head girl Sophie

A Cockermouth School pupil is following in her family’s footsteps as she is appointed as its latest head girl.

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NEW HEADS: From left, head girl Sophie Wilson, head boy Luke Skilbeck, deputy head girl Meghan Avery and deputy head boy Stephen Cole

Sophie Wilson, 17, of Papcastle, has taken on the role 30 years after her father Trevor became the school’s first head boy and three years after her brother Sam was head boy.

She will be joined by new head boy Luke Skilbeck, 17, of Cockermouth.

Trevor was head boy in 1984, after Derwent School and Cockermouth Grammar School were merged on the Castlegate Drive site.

Sophie said: “I feel privileged to be able to take the responsibility of head girl in the 30th anniversary year of the school and 30 years on from my dad.”

Sophie’s family association with the school goes further back as her grandmother Doreen Wilson was secretary to Joan McMurtry, the comprehensive school’s first headteacher.

Luke said: “To be appointed head boy of Cockermouth School is a great achievement for me. It’s a role I have always had respect for and have always wanted to attain.”

Stephen Cole, 17, of Little Broughton, is deputy head boy and Meghan Avery, 16, of Cockermouth, is deputy head girl.

The year 12 pupils applied for the posts and were interviewed by headteacher Geoff Walker and Charlotte Dumbill, head of sixth form.

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