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Schools and teachers congratulated at the Evening Standard School Awards

On Wednesday 22nd February 2017, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, gave out the Evening Standard School Awards, sponsored for the third year in a row by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The awards recognise both academic excellence and outstanding achievement in challenging circumstances. 

This year for the first time we added the category of The Jack Petchey Foundation Award for Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award. Angelina Di Passio, a History Teacher at Ricards Lodge High School in Wimbledon was picked by the newspaper from a shortlist provided by the Foundation. The shortlist was drawn up from Leader Awards given at schools across London. We wanted to further highlight the amazing contribution these teachers have made. It goes to show how important nominating someone for a Leader Award is!

Angelina has taken an active role in leading a range of extra-curricular activities for students. Ms Di Passio helped to organise the first ever Ricards Lodge Model UN Conference in January 2016. She has also taken students to two other Model UN conferences.

The second activity that Ms Di Passio has been involved in is supporting students 
who have identified at LGBT+. She has helped to set up a support group which meets fortnightly after school and regularly attends helping students discuss a number of LGBT issues. 

Four schools also won awards:

Harris Academy Battersea, Wandsworth for Academic Excellence Award
Forest Gate Community School, Newham for Outstanding Achievement in Challenging Circumstances Award

Scotts Primary School, Havering for Academic Excellence Award
Ashmole Primary School, Lambeth for Outstanding Achievement in Challenging Circumstances Award.

All five award winners were given a £1,000 cheque each by the Jack Petchey Foundation to be spent on their school.

To find out more read the Evening Standard feature here.

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