SCORES of students from across Thurrock were recognised at the Jack Petchey Foundation Awards.

Eighty four from 13 secondary schools received awards for their contributions to society in and out of school.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make throughout Essex and London, and has seen more than £1million invested in youth projects in the borough.

All the award winners received a medal and a £200 cheque.

They included Tyler West, 17, from the Gateway Academy, for the outstanding contribution she makes to the free school and encouraging her fellow sixth-formers to maintain the common room.

Other winners were Chantelle Smith, 12, from Gable Hall School, for her writing success, which has seen her have four poems published in a recent book, and MJ Aderinto, 18, from Palmer’s College, for her dedication to the college and helping other students to achieve.

Guest Inspector Lee Argent said: “It’s good to know the future of Thurrock is in safe hands!”