School’s community work wins national praise

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THE excellent work of school pupils in the community has been recognised by a national awards scheme.

King Edward VI School in Morpeth has been short-listed in the final of this year’s Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards for its Student Voice activities.

It is among six schools that could win the Outstanding Community Partnership category.

The teenagers have built on the progress made over the last couple of years, including the 1940s event in the Town Hall in March 2011 which was a big hit with residents.

Victoria Najafi, Head of Student Voice, Leadership and Enrichment at KEVI, said: “This has been an outstanding school year with regard to our Student Voice work in the community.

“Examples of this include the restoration and re-dedication of our school war memorial, our charity dinner in aid of SSAFA, our participation in the Northumbrian Gathering, winning the regional round of the national BT Big Voice Competition, as well as meeting the Duchess of Northumberland who also highly commended our work and impact.

“The students and I are delighted to have been short-listed in the final of the TES Awards, as we know from our experience of being short-listed in the awards in 2010 that it really is the best in the country which reach the final.

“So many people in the community have continued to support us over several years and we are sincerely grateful to them.”

She added: “The students really do take pride in participating in events that make a lasting impression and which certainly encourage people to work together.”

The awards ceremony is taking place tomorrow in London.