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The Jack Petchey Foundation

Addey and Stanhope School is proud to be involved with the Jack Petchey Foundation.  For many years we have participated in the Speak Out Challenge which is the world’s largest public speaking competition for young people.

Since September 2016 we have also been part of the Achievement Awards Scheme and are now Gold Level members which means that 9 of our students will be given a Jack Petchey Achievement Award over the course of year.  When they receive the award the students are publicly acknowledged for it by receiving their certificates and badges in assembly and also getting “shout outs” in student briefing.  Each award winner is then given a £250 grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation to spend on something that benefits the school.  In addition to the Achievement Awards we are now also able to nominate a member of staff for a Leader Award. 

All of the Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and beyond in their various ways and it is wonderful that the Jack Petchey Foundation has enabled us to celebrate their success in the way we have.

“The Achievement Awards are primarily about recognising those who put in the effort and do their best.”

Sir Jack Petchey CBE


Adam received his award for outstanding achievement in fundraising and chose to spend his grant on a shield for the house that raises the most money for charity.

Vitalina received her award for exceptional progress at school having arrived in the country less than a year before.  She chose to spend her grant on incentives and rewards for celebrating the achievement of others at school.

Dennis received his award for his outstanding contribution to sport, particularly athletics at school.  He chose to spend his grant on buying a new kit for the football team.

Kelvin A, Kevin and Yunis received their awards for exceptional work as part of the Year 10 Changemakers’ Team.  They chose to spend their grants on buying a top of the range karaoke machine and supplies for the craft club.

Kelvin Y received his award for the manner in which he conducts himself day in and day out; he exemplifies The Addeys Way and is always kind and caring towards others.  He chose to spend his grant on buying books for the library that would appeal to boys and EAL learners.

Ruona received her award for the way in which she has made positive changes to her approach to school.  She gets fully involved in wider school life and played the lead role in last year’s school production.  In the Autumn term Ruona stood as a candidate for the Young Mayor of Lewisham.  She chose to spend her grant on a theatre trip for the GCSE Drama group.

Katia received her award for the outstanding contribution she has made to sport since being at Addeys.  She has fantastic all round ability and has represented her house and the school at every sport on offer.  Earlier this year she was offered a place in the Under 14 Development Team at Crystal Palace FC.  She chose to spend her grant on a football kit and equipment specifically for the girls’ teams.

Leader Award  -  Ms Vanessa Tappous

Ms Tappous received a Leader Award to recognise many aspects of her work in school.  Not only is she an outstanding classroom teacher but she has played  a very active role in wider school life since joining the school in 2009.  She inspires so many students and in 2017 she set up the Change Makers group along with Ms Gardiner.  Between them they have grown this group so that it is now in its second year and a new group of students has been trained up to be Change Makers.  As a winner of a Jack Petchey Leader Award Ms Tappous was then able to apply for a grant of £750 to spend on a project in school.  We were delighted that Ms Tappous’s grant application was approved and in December the Change Makers held a Winter Wonderland event for the whole school which was a great success.  The Winter Wonderland event rounded off the Autumn term nicely with a disco, competitions, a chilli challenge and even our own Father Christmas and elves in a Santa’s grotto!  It was a fantastic family evening that brought different year groups together.

All of the winners from 2017, along with their friends and family, were invited to attend the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Presentation Evening on Thursday, 15th March 2018 which was held at the Broadway Theatre in Catford.

The nominations are now open for 2018 and students who wish to nominate a peer for a Jack Petchey Achievement Award can complete a nomination form and post it in the box at Reception. 

Click on the link below to find out more about the Jack Petchey Foundation: