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Jack Petchey Awards recognise both students and staff

Brandon, Khalique, Tayyab, Jamiel, Tauras and Souhila became the latest Whitefield students to win Jack Petchey Achievement Awards at a ceremony late last month. And congratulations too, to Mel Turner who won a Jack Petchey Leadership Award.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to enable young people to achieve their potential by inspiring, investing in, developing and promoting activities that increase their personal, social, emotional and physical development.

The Achievement Awards are given to students who have achieved something great, with winners nominated by their peers and school staff. The six were nominated for a variety of successes, which impressed the staff, and pupils who work with them. The Leadership Award is given annually, with pupils nominating an adult who particularly inspires them.

Elaine Smith, the head teacher of Niels Chapman Secondary School and Elaine Colquhoun, executive principal of Whitefield Academy Trust, attended the awards ceremony, which took place at Waltham Forest Town Hall. The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Terry Wheeler and Councillor Mark Rusling - the holder of Waltham Forest Council’s Children and Young People portfolio - were also on hand to congratulate the winners.

Well done to everyone involved.

Left to right: Mel Turner, Tayyab, Brandon, Elaine Colquhoun, Khalique and Elaine Smith