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14 days to go. The big Awards night of the year approaches.

So the Oscars, BAFTAS and PFA Footballer of the Year evenings have been and gone. The big one gets ever closer. On Thursday May 26th at The Farnborough Academy the first ever Clifton Awards night will be held. Trent Academies Group and the Aquinas Foundation are working together to recognise young talent in the Clifton area. Match of the Day pundit, and former England footballer, Jermaine Jenas and Lilian Greenwood MP will present prizes to children between the ages of 10 and 13. Hopefully the world now knows that the Trent Academies Group strapline is “Everyone will be given the chance to shine brightly” and the evening will reflect this with awards being related to the Arts, Sport and, of course, academic achievement. Each primary school in the area has been asked to nominate potential prize winners and a panel of judges will decide who the winners are. Actually, just being nominated means you are a winner. There will be fierce competition. Jonathan Ross couldn’t make it so the event will be compered by Mr. Ben Chaloner, esteemed headteacher at Farnborough.

This is the first of a whole series of events organised across the three academies in the group. Rushcliffe, Arnold Hill and Farnborough will each have their own awards evenings which involve prizes being awarded for a whole range of subjects as well as for making positive contributions to their academy and community. Anyone who has ever received an award – and most people haven’t – will tell you the memory of public recognition never goes away. I got a runners up medal when my primary school lost the 6 a side final on corners – corners ?!- in 1969. That’s about as far as it went. Looking forward to others enjoy the day.

Phil Crompton