Sanders House Heroes

At Sanders Draper we pride ourselves on our inclusivity and diversity. This is evident in all of our approaches and in all of the actions we take. Havering and the world is a very diverse and inclusive place and we need to ensure that Sanders reflects this. We continually review and reflect upon our approach, systems and decisions to ensure that we are doing the best by our students and educating them on local, national and global concepts and agendas. As a result we took the decision to ensure that within our House system there is equality and diversity and so you will see below that one of the chosen Houses’ for September was not originally listed as one of our nominees. We have introduced a new Hero who will be one of our House names. He lived in London, the multicultural capital of the world and our capital city, which we are proud to be a part of. What his story and the story of so many other Caribbean, Asian and African RAF Heroes tell us is that we can integrate, we can overcome any barrier and work in harmony. That despite our differences, we are one team, one community. We are proud to introduce him as a most worthy House name and hero for our students to look up to alongside our other House Names. All of whom clearly showed the values of ‘Resilience’ and ‘Achievement’ in their lives and will be great role models for our students and staff at Sanders.

We are delighted and very proud of our 5 House Heroes, all of whom so clearly showed our key values of Resilience, Achievement and Family throughout their life.


The Ops room support worker at RAF Hornchurch during WW2. The Ops room was the nerve centre for RAF Hornchurch. It provided strategic guidance and was key to both the protection of the Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. 

Operating the printer, teleprinter and contributing to plotting, she worked in terrifying times but was known to have shown unfaltering bravery and courage. 

100th Commemoration Celebration for Joy Caldwell's life 

On the 2nd March 2022 we came together to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Joy Caldwell

The assembly shown to the students can be seen here 

Whilst you can view other videos/images from the day via 


A young boy, a hero, who made a selfless choice

Ronald Eke was a 13 year old when his family home was hit by 2 bombs in mid November 1940. Despite horrendous injuries (both of his legs being severely crushed) he pretended that his injuries were mild in order to allow for his family members to be found first. 

He gave invaluable information so his family and others were saved. 


The true professional and former Sanders student who epitomises the values of Teamwork and Hard Work who died in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 5th November 2013. 

He had extensive experience in overseas ops and tours. During his second tour of Afghanistan he sadly died. 

Regarded as a true professional by his peers and those whom he led. 


Volunteering for the RAF in WW2 having migrated from Jamaica, helped to organise the first Caribbean-style carnival in London, later becoming the first Notting Hill Carnival. Elected Mayor for the London Borough of Southwark in 1983. 

Known for his work with the Windrush Foundation, to preserve the memories of the West Indian pioneers who left their homes to migrate and help rebuild a post-war Britain


The flying ace of WW2. A pilot whose courage and determination helped win the Battle of Britain

A distinguished pilot, he had extraordinary skill in chasing down the enemy and was known for his utter determination in protecting London’s airspace and the citizens who lived there. He was described as a ‘cool’ character, always calm, even in the face of adversity.