Jack Petchey Achievement Award

Highbury Fields School is a member of the Jack Petchey Foundation. This means that each month pupils, teachers and support staff can nominate a student who they think has done something special, either in or outside of school.

In school, they may have improved attendance or punctuality. They may have also helped stop bullying, been friendly to their peers and behaved well in class.

Outside school they may have been kind or helpful in a particular session, been a regular carer for younger or older people or have done some charity work.

Selecting Our Winners

Awards are for individuals only, no group or joint awards can be made.

Students must be involved in nominating and selecting winners, but staff, parents, volunteers can also get involved!

Celebration Events

Once a year, schools and colleges are required to attend a prestigious borough- wide celebration event where winners receive a special medallion. Award winners, their families, friends and staff are invited to attend- it’s a great celebration!

Keep an eye out on our website for dates of future Celebration Events.

Spending the Money

The winner decides how the £200 is spent. The money must be used for the benefit of a group of young people and not an individual.

The winners for 2016, were:



Year Group

Reason for winning

Joana Raquel


Joana Raquel has been nominated for her love of reading 25 books and counting during the first term of school. She has built much confidence with the girls in ‘Circle of Friends’, a club she regularly attends. Joana has blossomed and she is now able to communicate confidently with other girls and share her ideas. When she first joined the group her verbal communication was to a minimum but now she speak and interacts without being prompted. Joana would like to spend her funds in the Library. She would like new books to be purchased.



Salma has been nominated for her outstanding abilities to continue to work and receive the grades she has with all of her illnesses.  However, she is so determined not to let this affect her education and has worked hard to keep up to date with work and remain focused.  Salma wished to spend her fund in the inclusion department on new games for the games club. 



The reason for the nomination is for Sabrina’s selfless acts towards other students.  On a number of occasions she has been used to help mediate with students who have Portuguese as a first language. However, she dedicated two mornings a week to help settle a new student in Year 10 into the school – she helps with translation but also she is helping the student to feel included in tutor time activities.  Sabrina is approachable, with a sympathetic listening ear. This I’m sure will help to bring a very shy student out of her shell.  Sabrina would like to spend her funds within the Health and Social Care department on First Aid courses. 



Outstanding leadership throughout the DofE expeditions



Communication and team building through positive attitude. Julia has also been motivating others to achieve and has also committed herself to running Year 8 Drama lunchtime clubs. She has prepared and planned all the sessions so far and has created a very engaging and fun drama club.



Berivan has been working extremely hard across all of her subjects in preparation for her GCSE exams. She has not only excelled with her CoPE coursework but she often offers support to other students. She has been so dedicated that she attends all revision after school and at lunch times. 



Georgia has shown much hard work and dedication. She volunteers at homework club and outside of school at her local church. She works hard independently and offers support to other students whilst volunteering in homework club. Even whilst studying hard she still finds the time to volunteer.


Well done to all of our winners who each received £200 to spend on something of their choice for the school, plus they all received a certificate and badge.