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.

Summer Term 2018

Shreya has made outstanding progress with her positioning skills and is now able to consistently push her upper body up for periods of two minutes.

Shreya has chosen to spend the £250 on sensory equipment for her and her peers to enjoy.

Spring Term 2018

Jack won the award for his outstanding progress in the use of his iPad to support his communication. Jack also has shown maturity in how he manages himself with his friends. He is exceptionally kind to all his friends at Kingsdown School.

The £250 is being used to fund a bowling trip for Jack and his class, including a lunch. The trip will allow them to use a wide variety of skills including their mathematics, gross motor, social and team building skills.

Autumn Term 2017

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.

Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Presentation Evening

The Jack Petchey Foundation holds an awards presentation each year for all award winners.

Alex and Tzar were among Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners from across Southend schools to be presented with their medals at a special ceremony held at the Palace Theatre on Monday, 30th April 2018. Unfortunately, Joseph was unable to attend the evening.

The pupils had been voted by their peers and staff for their outstanding achievement and endeavour. Parents and guests were treated to a terrific night celebrating pupils’ achievements and watched them receive their awards from local dignitaries.

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