Eight students honoured by Jack Petchey Foundation

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Posted on 6th Oct 2021

Eight students were honoured for their contributions to Stratford School Academy and the wider communities of Newham at the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Ceremony 2021. The ceremony saw The Queen’s representative John Barber, Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Newham present the students with the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Medallion, in front of a socially distanced but none-the-less appreciative audience.

Accompanied by Ms Sharma and their families, SSA students: Pedro Lira, Jared Samuels, Kiranjit Kaur, Ayaan Sufian, Radha Patel, Fatima Zaid, Cameron Robinson, Jonah Raggett and Kyra Nazar-Khan made their way to Kingsford Community School on Monday 4th October to celebrate their successes alongside Newham's finest schools and guests.

The night started off with an introduction from Jack Petchey’s host Phillip Allinson, followed by a fantastic dance performance and the first round of awards.

The celebratory atmosphere of the awards ceremony was really special. Fast paced music was played and the audience clapped and cheered for everyone. It was simply fantastic to see our students finally celebrated


As Jack Petchey’s first Achievement Awards Ceremony in 18 months, the event organisers truly went above and beyond to equally recognise, entertain and inspire our students by featuring extra special messages from Sir Jack Petchey himself, as well as a motivational video about his life.

Among students honoured was Year 10 student/humble hero, Jonah, who continually volunteers to help his local church, Stratford Salvation Army, to set up beds and prepare for homeless night shelter every Sunday.

During the first lockdown, Jonah saw how hard his church were working to support people to get into housing and he was eager to help where he could and prepare food parcels and new home packs for people.

Jonah continued to help daily throughout the summer holidays and didn't even let a broken arm stop him! 

He has been an incredible help and he managed to engage with a lot of home schooling whilst also happily preparing parcels of food to be delivered to people who were shielding and isolating.


The evening drew to a close with a few words from Grants Officer, Jane Parmenter, who also thanked the families and school co-ordinators of Newham for their dedication. She left the audience with a quote from Dr. Seuss: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose’.

Prior to the event, the students were also gifted a £250 grant by the Jack Petchey Foundation to use at the school. The winners have decided to gift the grant to our SEND department and we couldn't be prouder them!

Stratford School Academy participates in the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme each year, where students are encouraged to nominate their peers.

If you know someone that does the following things, make sure to nominate them for a JP Award!

  • Helps others;
  • Is a good role model;
  • Has been coping with adversity;
  • Has been doing community work;
  • or maybe is just trying really hard!

Remember it’s not about being the best but about doing your best!


The JP Achievement Award Scheme aims to recognise outstanding young people aged 11-25 across London, who have gone above and beyond to achieve. The Awards are not solely for academic achievement – they may be used to recognise a personal triumph for someone who has faced a challenge, a young person who has pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone or it may be an opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of a team player.