Redbridge Jack Petchey Awards night

Beal High School.

Beal High School. - Credit: Archant

Every year a host of school students from across the borough are invited to a very special ceremony at Redbridge Town Hall to celebrate their hard work and achievements. This year the event was bigger than ever.

More than 160 young people were honoured for their determination to overcome obstacles and to achieve their goals in the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards.

They are all a great example of the terrific young people in Redbridge and a model for younger children to follow.

Caterham High School.

Caterham High School. - Credit: Archant

Their achievements range from overcoming disabilities and setbacks, to helping others and exceeding expectations.

The gold medals were presented on Thursday, November 22 by the Deputy Lieutenant for Redbridge Thomas Chan, Ilford South MP Mike Gapes and Recorder editor Lindsay Jones.

Chadwell Heath Academy.

Chadwell Heath Academy. - Credit: Archant


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Mr Chan, the Queen’s official representative in the borough, is also a former mayor. He told the audience of award winners and proud families: “It is an honour and a privilege to be here. The awards are a recognition and acknowledgement of what all the young people here have managed to achieve. You can be truly proud.”

He added: “I hope that when you grow up and have achieved your maximum you will, like Sir Jack Petchey, give back to the community. Hold on to your dream, commit to it and it will come along. The future is bright because you are the future.”

The Constance Bridgeman Centre.

The Constance Bridgeman Centre. - Credit: Archant

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Mr Gapes, who came straight from Parliament to present awards, said afterwards: “It was a fantastic evening, very impressive young people from the borough who have achieved so much. I am delighted to be here this evening to present the awards.”

A number of adult leaders were also presented with awards.

Loxford School.

Loxford School. - Credit: Archant

Interval entertainment was provided bysingers from Mayfield High, a young dancer from Beal High and a speech raising awareness of the debilitating sickle cell disease by Beal student Aliyah Haynes who has the condition.

The foundation was set up by Sir Jack, who was born into a poor working class family in the East End, left school at 13 with no qualifications but through hard work became a millionaire businessman. Now 93, he believes in celebrating the good in young people and encouraging them to believe in themselves.

Kantor King Solomon High School.

Kantor King Solomon High School. - Credit: Archant

Ursuline Academy.

Ursuline Academy. - Credit: Archant

Ilford County High School.

Ilford County High School. - Credit: Archant

Little Heath School.

Little Heath School. - Credit: Archant

The Forest Academy.

The Forest Academy. - Credit: Archant

St John's RC School.

St John's RC School. - Credit: Archant

Redbridge Tuition Service.

Redbridge Tuition Service. - Credit: Archant

Oaks Park High School.

Oaks Park High School. - Credit: Archant

New Rush Hall School.

New Rush Hall School. - Credit: Archant

Trinity Catholic High School.

Trinity Catholic High School. - Credit: Archant

Seven Kings High School.

Seven Kings High School. - Credit: Archant

The Palmer Catholic Academy.

The Palmer Catholic Academy. - Credit: Archant

Newbridge Upoer School - Barley Lane.

Newbridge Upoer School - Barley Lane. - Credit: Archant

New City College - Redbridge.

New City College - Redbridge. - Credit: Archant

Mayfield School.

Mayfield School. - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge High School.

Woodbridge High School. - Credit: Archant

Valentines High School.

Valentines High School. - Credit: Archant

Woodford County High School.

Woodford County High School. - Credit: Archant

Wanstead High School.

Wanstead High School. - Credit: Archant

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