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Friday, February 21, 2020

Children from 21 Notts primary schools fill Royal Concert Hall


Children and families of 21 Nottinghamshire primary schools fill Royal Concert Hall for spectacular showcase of talents.
Nottinghamshire’s Flying High Trust welcomed 21 primary schools from around the county to the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham for their biggest annual awards event yet.

Recently rated as the fourth highest performing Multi-Academy Trust in the country, and the highest performing in the East Midlands, the celebration at The Royal Concert Hall became a fitting way to look back on an unforgettable year for its schools said Nick Layfield, Operations Manager at The Flying High Trust.

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“Our awards evening recognises the achievements of children and school staff in several categories reflecting the Trusts’ ethos of Aspiration, Responsibility, Creativity, Pride, Confidence, Perseverance and Enjoyment. It really has become the highlight of the school year.

Children from John King Infant Academy (Pinxton) and Longwood Infant Academy (Pinxton). Photo Lou Brimble

The event showcased the amazing talent, passion and achievements of children, their families, the staff, governors and the wider community across our schools. It was an evening of joyous celebration which we hope will create memories that will stay with the children for a lifetime.”

Organiser of the mammoth event, Executive Officer Jenni Dunne said she was thrilled at the atmosphere in the theatre. “I feel that the awards was our best yet! The buzz of excitement was tangible, and I hope that every child and member of staff who contributed to the event are incredibly proud of themselves! The finale and the musical performances were amazing! Our music leads really took charge and led the coordination across all 21 of the Partnership schools with so much passion and enthusiasm that it shone brightly on the evening.

It was an absolute honour to have been able to coordinate such an event and what a pleasant surprise to be acknowledged on stage for my role in delivering the awards, the flowers were absolutely beautiful! I cannot wait to get going on the plans for 2019, recognising the talent that makes our schools unique and the best in the universe!”.

Truly Flying High is Lilly Stringfellow centre (Greenwood Primary & Nursery School, Kirkby) with fellow pupils from Greenwood Primary & Nursery School and Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School.

This year, CEO of The Flying High Trust, Mr Chris Wheatley, welcomed guest speaker Mr David Strudley, CEO of Rainbows, a hospice for children and young people. Chris said, “Working in partnership with Rainbows hospice has brought our values to life, ensuring we all work relentlessly to make every day count. Rainbows is a truly inspirational organisation and we are proud to work together. The evening overall reflects everything we want our children to be; brimming with confidence and creativity and who feel they can take on the world with no dream out of reach.

“We all collectively aim to increase aspiration for staff, pupils and parents and this is at the heart of everything we strive for in The Flying High Trust.”
Head Teacher of Mapplewells Primary and Nursery School (Sutton-in-Ashfield), Mr Karl Clowery, said this was the first time his school attended the awards. “My impression of the event was extremely positive. I thought it was a fabulous occasion and our pupils described it as ‘sensational’. It was the pinnacle to an excellent year and what a great way to celebrate those individuals within our community who continually exhibit those values that the Trust stands for, and for bringing all of the communities within the partnership together to celebrate.”

The Flying High Trust has member primary academies all over Nottinghamshire including:

Alderman Pounder Infant & Nursery School (Nottingham),

Beeston Fields Primary and Nursery School,

Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy,

Cotgrave Candleby Lane (Cotgrave),

Edwalton Primary School,

Ernehale Junior School (Arnold),

The Flying High Academy (Ladybrook Mansfield),

Greenwood Primary & Nursery School (Kirkby in Ashfield),

Greythorn Primary School (West Bridgford),

Haddon Primary School (Carlton),

Hillside Primary and Nursery School (Hucknall),

Horsendale Primary School (Nuthall),

Killisick Junior School (Arnold),

Leamington Primary School (Sutton in Ashfield),

Peafield Lane Academy (Mansfield Woodhouse),

Kirkstead Junior School (Pinxton),

Longwood Infant School (Pinxton),

John King Infant School (Pinxton),

Porchester Junior School (Carlton),

Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School (Sutton in Ashfield)

Stanstead Nursery and Primary School (Rise Park, Nottingham).


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