The Jack Petchey Achievement Award

Jack Petchey Award Scheme

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    On Monday 6 July 2020, Saffron Hawkins took part in the digital final for the 'Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge'. Students were asked to perform a three-minute speech that they had written themselves, on a topic of their own choosing.

About the Award Scheme

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme is designed to publicly recognise the achievements and contribution of Notley students.  The monthly presentation of the award certificate in school offers a great opportunity to celebrate on a regular basis, not just the achievement of the award winner, but also the achievement of the school.

Jack Petchey is one of the UK's most successful businessmen. Born in East London in July 1925, Jack came from a working class background with very few advantages. From an early age he showed the entrepreneurial skills that have aided his success.  With £60 to his name, he bought a motor car and founded his first Car Hire business. From there a thriving Car Sales business was formed. Jack eventually branched into property and in 1969 was introduced to the idea of a holiday complex in the Algarve, Portugal, which he still runs to this day.  Having just celebrated his 83rd birthday, there is no sign of Jack Petchey slowing down. He currently manages Petchey Holdings Plc and Petchey Leisure, a management company for several holiday resorts in Spain, Portugal and the UK.  In 1999, he set up the Jack Petchey Foundation as he wanted to give opportunities to young people in London. Over the last nine years he has donated over £50million to schools, clubs and projects which benefit young people in London. In 2004 Jack was awarded an OBE at Buckingham Palace, by Her Majesty The Queen.

This popular programme now operates in approximately 2,000 schools, colleges and youth organisations throughout London and Essex.  The scheme contributes millions of pounds each year to support youth work in those areas.  The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people. Jack Petchey wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.  Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievement, it is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and ‘doing your best’. The scheme works well because young people themselves are involved in nominating and selecting the winners.

Due to the size of our school, Notley has been placed on the Gold Scheme, which means we can make nine awards each year, involving students, parents and staff.  Nomination forms will be available in school and can be downloaded from the link on this page.  Nomination forms need to be placed in the nomination box in school by the 21st of the nominated month.  Anyone can nominate a Notley student who has achieved something special.  This could be for excellence in a sporting activity, a personal challenge, raising funds for charity – in fact anything which is a ‘personal best’ for that student.  Nomination forms will be collected from the box each month and students from the Student Voice group will read the nominations and select a winner.  The chosen student will be able to decide how to ‘spend’ £250!  Ideas for spending the money could be a donation to a children’s charity, buying equipment for PE, hiring a specialist worker such as a theatre artist, fitness coach or guest speaker, arranging a special trip for a group or holding an event for a local community group such as a concert for a hospice, a play for a retirement home or a fundraising event for a registered charity.  The winner must choose something which benefits 11-25 year olds and not something which only benefits one or a few individuals.

Winners will be awarded a Jack Petchey certificate, pin badge and presentation cheque here at school, but every year in December the winners will be invited to attend a prestigious, regional Medallion Presentation Evening.  These are special events where the winners, their families and friends can really celebrate and be proud of their achievements.

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