Woodham students honoured “one of their own” when they all wore bow ties to honour the pupil who tragically died at the school last summer.
Ted Sanderson arrived at school on the morning of June 21, 2022, but never returned home.
However, Ted has left a lasting legacy which resonates through the school, in particular within his year group, current year 10.
The school introduced ‘Bow Tie Day’ to Woodham Academy this year. The day marked the anniversary of Ted’s passing, and it is befitting that all the year 10 students chose to wear a bow tie to remember Ted’s somewhat quirky personality.
Head teacher Mr Bell clearly remembers a conversation he had with Ted when he was in year 7.
“I’ve decided to wear my bow tie today sir, instead of my normal school tie. Don’t I look smart?” said Ted.
Mr Bell replied: “Yes you do Ted, but the school tie will have to go on so your uniform is correct.”
“OK, sir,” replied Ted. “But it was worth a try!”.
Mr Bell added: “It was a pleasure to host members of Ted’s family, arriving to school to see Ted’s year group resplendent in bright neck wear.
“They proudly took their place on his commemorative bench, surrounded by his friends from school.
“In addition, families donated to two linked charities. The Great North Air Ambulance were quickly on scene that morning, and Ted was then taken to James Cook Hospital.
“Newton Aycliffe should be so proud of its young people and families.”
All monies raised will be split between these charities. Any further contributions would be gratefully received at: