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School scheme is honoured

Published Wednesday, 02 May 2012

Plaque presentation from the Jack Petchy Foundation.

West Lea Special School has received a prestigious Jack Petchey Achievement Award plaque honouring its positive approach to recognising and rewarding young people and celebrating their achievements.

The school has been running the Achievement Award Scheme since 2006. Award winners are nominated by their classmates and receive £200 from the Jack Petchey Foundation to spend on projects or activities for the benefit of the school.

Pupils are encouraged to consider nominations for a variety of reasons. Sports achievements and creativity feature, but so are significant attributes such as courage, determination and perseverance where some pupils overcome considerable disabilities to master a new skill.

Being helpful to others or being a good listener are also important when the time for nominations is due.

Award co-ordinator, Karen Kenan, said, "We have the highest expectations for our pupils. It is awards like this that provide a good incentive that encourages them in all they do. The award process is particularly interesting since it involves all pupils in making judgments about who should be an award winne“The plaque will be a reminder of the good work and aspirations that we have for all our pupils."

The award winners have put their money to good use purchasing a new football kit, special yellow balls for sight impaired children, a flat screen TV and furnishings for the sixth form room.

Twelve year old Joe, who uses a wheelchair, chose a special musical instrument that responds to movement by able bodied and wheelchair users.

He said, "I wanted something that would be enjoyed by all my friends here at West Lea and this looked to be a very good idea. I could not have done this without my award."

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and social services, said, "This award shows that West Lea is a thriving school community that values achievement. Congratulations to everyone – pupils, staff, governors and parents."

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