Kingsdown School, Academy Trust Special School, in Southend


At Kingsdown, staff and pupils in Key Stage 3 are invited to vote for the pupil who they feel deserves to receive the Jack Petchey Award for that term. Class representatives on the School Council discuss with their class how the prize money should be spent. The selected activity benefits all the pupils at Kingsdown.

Established in 1999, the Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.

The foundation was created to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society.

Its aim is 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 Jack Petchey Foundation funds a number of major programmes - all of which support young people throughout London and Essex.

The flagship programme of the Foundation is the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme. It is run in almost 2,000 schools, colleges and youth organisations throughout London and Essex and contributes millions of pounds each year. The scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people as well as receive additional funding.

Alongside the Achievement Award the Jack Petchey Foundation funds a number of other major programmes. Since it has been established the Jack Petchey Foundation has awarded grants totalling over £75 million.

Tzar won the award for achieving excellent progress in Maths. In addition he has developed his self-confidence and is now able to speak up in class as well as speaking to unfamiliar adults.

The £250 is being used to fund a trip to the cinema and lunch for Tzar and his class.

Summer Term 2017

Alex has won the Award for his outstanding support and work with his peers. Alex has worked independently all year, but he has also been a good friend to his peers, has supported them to develop their skills by working with them, and has shown extreme patience. He is also, a well-mannered, kind and helpful boy.

Both the pupils and staff at Kingsdown have worked very hard to grow and share as many fruits, plants and vegetables as possible this year including: tomatoes, broad beans, courgettes, potatoes, purple, orange and white carrots, beetroot, cress, lettuces, cucumbers, herbs, onions and sunflowers as well as many more in class!

The £250 is being used to fund a bowling trip for Alex and his class, including a pizza lunch, which will use their maths and gross motor skills. Also, the trip will use their social and team building skills

Spring Term 2017

Joseph won the Award for his outstanding progress with communication. This has enabled him to work for longer periods of time, especially improving his maths skills. He has made friends and begun to engage in games for a few minutes. He also is happy to convey information to adults and his peers. This is great progress for Joseph.

The £250.00 is being used to purchase an iPad which Joseph and his peers will put to great use, and will assist with the continuing progress with communication.

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