School scoops church award

LET US S-PRAY -- National pupils lend a hand with a graffiti art project
LET US S-PRAY -- National pupils lend a hand with a graffiti art project

HUCKNALL’S National Church of England Academy has won a top award competing against church schools from across the country.

The school has scooped a number of accolades at the second Church School Awards ceremony, held in London, and also took the title as joint winners of the national award.

“I am very proud that we have won this prestigious award,” said Academy principal, Dr Jon Edwards. “It represents an acknowledgement of the fantastic work which is going on in our school, to ensure that our values are lived out in every aspect of our activities.”

The awards were announced at a gala event held at Methodist Church House recently, hosted by comedian and presenter Kirsten O’Brien.

National Academy was represented by assistant principal, Steve Newcombe, chaplain the Rev David Ford, chairman of governors Kathryn Mitford and pupils Lucy Randall and Abigail Newsome.

National, together with Queniborough Church of England Primary in Leicestershire, were picked from ten regional winners recognised for the ‘significant difference thay have made to local and global communities’.

Mr Newcombe added: “We have undertaken projects such as a graffiti art scheme in a local park, run parties with Annesley Lodge care home and run a Global Awareness Week linking up with Halcyon High School in Uganda.

“Pupils have also been involved in numerous fundraising events which support all of this.”

Claire Meese, director of education for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, praised the academy for its success in the awards.

She said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the academy. They were up against some very strong entries.

“The judges were looking for examples of schools and academies where community cohesion and citizenship education is really being developed across the whole curriculum.

“What impressed them about National’s entry was the range of experiences students are having and the impact of the projects they are involved in.”