The Nottingham Post Young Person of Year Awards are powerful. It is a chance for academies and schools to think carefully about which pupils are doing remarkable things. There are lots of them. At Arnold Hill, Farnborough and Rushcliffe staff have been agonising over who to nominate. So many worthy candidates. A small number will be selected for the finals but to be nominated is so, so impressive. The only thing I recall receiving a prize for was A level Geology - but by then my school days had passed me by. There were very few awards events in those distant days - and even if there had been I didn't do anything extra-ordinary like some of those nominated across the trust. Respect to them all.
The Trent Academies Group has received quite a few plaudits this year. Farnborough highly commended in the DfE Character Awards, Arnold Hill given credit by OFSTED for the progress made, Rushcliffe shortlisted for the TES Secondary School of the Year Awards as well as the Lord Lieutenant's Award for work in the community - and the academies combining to win the East Chamber Award for Engagement with Business. Next Thursday evening we will find out if we will be named as the national winner of the award. The competition looks fierce with 7 other organisations from across the country all having strong cases. Whatever the outcome we can as group of academies working together be proud that our work in increasing engagement with business has been recognised. There is an ever growing awareness of the need to prepare young people for the challenges of the workplace and we are at the forefront of this movement.
I'll be tweeting out updates on Thursday evening. If we win I'll be almost as excited as I was when Wigan won the FA Cup!