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Anne Holland - Carshalton High School for Girls

Assistant Head teacher at Carshalton High School for Girls, Anne Holland, received a Jack Petchey Foundation Leader’s Award in Spring 2013 for her dedication to the students, and the creative and community input she has injected into the school over the years.

Through her passion for the arts, Anne has taken the lead to deliver numerous events and shows at the school, which have produced many lasting memories for students, parents and teachers alike. Anne invites local primary schools to attend an annual performance at the school, in order to bridge ties between Carshalton High School for Girls and the local community. This year Anne staged a rendition of Bugsy Malone, while 2012 saw a musical adaption of the story of Cinderella, the aptly named Cindy.

Of her award, Anne said, “Thank you so much - after a very up and down year this is a real boost and made me feel very emotional but in a very happy way - I feel honoured and over the moon!"

Anne is greatly respected throughout the school, demonstrated by the amount of nominations she received for the award. Members of the school council, year representatives and previous Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award winners were all asked to nominate an adult for the leader award, and all of them nominated Anne!

Jack Petchey Foundation coordinator at the school, Samantha Young said, “The whole school has been very supportive of Anne receiving this Leader Award. Thank You Jack Petchey for allowing our community to show her what a very special person she is.”

By developing links with the wider community, Anne extends students learning opportunities beyond the boundaries of the school. At the Olympics last year, Anne volunteered as an official London 2012 ‘GamesMaker’, and took a group of Carshalton 6th form students to help co-ordinate the tennis competition at Wimbledon. The young people were excellent ambassadors for the school, while they gained a valuable and enjoyable experience too.

Anne is always keen to develop leadership skills among the students, and introduced a Student Leadership Award Scheme which focused on enhancing pupil’s confidence, responsibility, communication, motivation and adaptability. The programme runs in every year, and students are given a personalised booklet to record how they have demonstrated leadership skills across a wide range of opportunities.

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“Thank You Jack Petchey for allowing our community to show her what a very special person she is."