More than 140 children, parents and teachers came together at Sutton Coldfield’s prestigious New Hall hotel on Thursday 29 June to celebrate the outstanding achievements of students from across seven partnership schools
The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s (ATLP) first ever Student Awards ceremony, which was devised by students, featured 55 nominees from primary and secondary schools in Coleshill, Erdington and Four Oaks. A total of 16 children, in eight categories, stepped up to receive trophies from ATLP headteachers, in recognition of their dynamic contribution to school and community life.
The students represented Arthur Terry, Coleshill and Stockland Green secondaries and Brookvale, Hill West, Mere Green and Slade primaries. The awards gave them an opportunity to share their success with fellow students and the prize giving was followed by an extra treat of afternoon tea.
The awards began with an introduction from Richard Gill, CEO of the ATLP, who said he was incredibly proud and inspired by the young people across the partnership’s schools.
He said: “This ceremony acknowledges and celebrates the many achievements of the young people within our partnership. It is these future citizens that make our schools so special and bring so much to the ATLP.”
Nominee Lexie Tarrant, of the Coleshill School, was commended for her “can do” attitude and exceptional sporting skills. She said: “I was shocked, but really proud to be nominated.”
Freddie Audley (pictured below, right) of Mere Green School, who won the prize for going ‘Above and Beyond’ was praised for being involved in all aspects of school life. He said: “I’m so excited and proud to receive this award!”
The ceremony was the brainchild of the ATLP’s established student leadership team – a group of 14 children from all partnership schools – who each played a key role in the event, as either judges, guests or nominees.
Rebecca Goode, deputy headteacher at Stockland Green School, leads the student leadership group. She said: “It was incredibly rewarding to see the student leadership team’s concept brought to life at this fantastic event. All of our children contribute so much to their schools and community and I feel privileged to work alongside them.”
Compere Neil Warner, headteacher of the outstanding Arthur Terry School (pictured above, right) said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the wonderful and talented students across the partnership. We are incredibly proud of all of our young people.”
Arthur Terry School’s Rachel Leavesley (pictured below, centre) scooped the secondary school ‘Charity Fundraiser’ prize and was “elated” to receive the award. She said: “I love giving back,” commenting on the £500 she has raised for charity (Cats Protection) through the Great Midland Fun Run, cake sale and other activities.
Primary school fundraiser winner, Freddie George, of Hill West School (pictured below, right) has raised £600 for Lupus research through having his head shaved and charity bag packing. He now has his sights set high on climbing Mount Everest!
And the prize goes to…
The Award for Extra Curricular
Primary: Ruby Robinson, Brookvale Primary School
Secondary: Josh Travis, Stockland Green School
The Award for Special Endeavour
Primary: Ehsan Mehmood, Slade Primary School
Secondary: Libby Worrall, Coleshill School
The Award for Community Service
Primary: Elise Caine, Brookvale Primary School
Secondary: Amy Kitteridge, Arthur Terry School
The Award for Progress
Primary: Mante Nausedaite, Hill West School
Secondary: Viviana Venencio, Coleshill School
The Award for Contribution to School Life
Primary: Anoushka Manu, Hill West School
Secondary: Yaasir Hussain, Stockland Green School
The Award for Charity Fund Raiser
Primary: Freddie George, Hill West School
Secondary: Rachel Leavesley, Arthur Terry School
The Award for Creativity
Primary: Matty Millard, Mere Green School
Secondary: Tim Smithson, Arthur Terry School
The Award for Going Above and Beyond
Primary: Freddie Audley, Mere Green School
Secondary: Kimberley Green, Coleshill School