Students are the stars of ATLP awards

More than 200 students, parents, teachers and governors came together at Sutton Coldfield’s prestigious New Hall Hotel today (Tuesday 2 July) to celebrate the outstanding achievements of children and young people from 13 schools.

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s (ATLP) third Student Awards ceremony, which was devised by student leaders, featured prize-winners from primary and secondary schools in Coleshill, Erdington, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth. All children and young people were nominated by their schools and received trophies and certificates in recognition of their outstanding contribution to school and community life.

The children and young people represented Arthur Terry, Coleshill, John Willmott, Nether Stowe and Stockland Green secondaries and Brookvale, Curdworth, Hill West, Mere Green, Scotch Orchard, Slade, Two Gates and William MacGregor primaries. The awards gave them an opportunity to share their success with fellow ATLP students, headteachers, staff, governors, trustees and parents, and to enjoy afternoon tea and music.

The afternoon began with an introduction from ATLP CEO Richard Gill, who praised the collective achievements of the students.

He said:

Everybody is a winner today. You have been nominated by teachers and congratulations on being here for this favourite calendar date among schools. It is fantastic to be part of this day and to celebrate all the achievements across all partnership. We are very proud of your talents and accomplishments.”

Comperes and prize-winners Elliot Perlic, from Arthur Terry School, Charlie O’Neill from Stockland Green and Daisy Edwards from Scotch Orchard, introduced the seven award categories (primary and secondary): community, extra-curricular, contribution to school life, charity fundraiser, going above and beyond, creativity and special endeavour.

The ceremony was the brainchild of the ATLP’s established student leadership team – a group of children and young people from all partnership schools – who each played a key role in the event.

In his closing remarks, Mr Gill thanked governors, trustees, and schools for giving children opportunities to shine. He said: “These students are truly remarkable and their stories have inspired us all.

Children are the heartbeat of our 13 schools. Our headteachers and staff do a wonderful job, putting children at the heart of everything they do, day in day out, across the partnership. I’m proud and honoured to be part of this learning family. It’s wonderful to be able to share our joy and success together as we support each other on this incredible journey.”

John Vickers, chair of ATLP’s trust board, said:

This ceremony acknowledges and celebrates the many achievements of the young people within our partnership. They are our future and it is a great privilege to be here today with confidence that our future is safe in their hands. Our partnership is committed to the development of the whole person, with the aim of helping each individual to be the best they can be, in all the ways it takes to become a successful, clear-thinking member of society.”