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See full photo below, Miss King, top right, with The Mayor and THA Award winning students


On Thursday 27th April 2017 representatives from The Harefield Academy made their way to The Beck Theatre in Hayes to take part in the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards. This evening is dedicated to celebrate the success of Hillingdon award winners who have been recognised throughout the last academic year for their outstanding contributions. The award winners along with their families are invited to the ceremony to be presented with their Jack Petchey plaques by the Mayor of Hillingdon.

The THA award winners represented us with tremendous style; their uniform was as impeccable as their manners. All of our students enjoyed the evening and delighted in their achievements being showcased in such a wonderful manner. Our winners ranged from students in Year 7 through to Year 13. Each student had a deeply personal and worthy reason for their nomination. The Student Leadership Team and I had great difficulty narrowing down the many nominations received to decide upon our 9 winners. This extract from one of the nominations really exemplifies the true brilliance of the Jack Petchey legacy, “Joe represents the reason why we all became teachers which is to be given the opportunity to see our young people become purposeful global citizens who make our world a better place. It is an honour and a privilege to know you Joe and celebrate this much deserved success!”

The awards ceremony was also an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution made to the lives of each and every student by Natalie King, our Director of Learning for Maths, who won a Leader’s Award. In her nomination it was recognized that, “Natalie is the most inspirational of teachers. Teaching as we all know is much more than a job it is a vocation. Natalie demonstrates the true meaning of vocation and how much of an impact a teacher can have on the life chances of the students in their care.”

As Jack Petchey Co-ordinator I was honoured and thrilled to be in attendance last night and supported by so many members of staff who came to see the achievements of our wonderful young people. As ever our students were glowing ambassadors for everything we excel in here at The Harefield Academy. Being part of this scheme is an amazing opportunity and I look forward to the coming months when there will be more opportunities to recognise the immense contribution of staff and students alike.