The pupils and staff at The Peak Academy have been celebrating after sweeping up an amazing 15 honours at the Engage in Their Future National Creative Awards.
With the winners being spread across students in key stage 3 and key stage 4, as well as members of staff, there has been reason for everyone at our school to be proud.
One of our biggest winners at the ceremony was Vievien, a talented year 7 pupil. Remarkably, she won first place in both the KS3 short story and poetry categories. Her entry focused on wellbeing and overcoming problems, such as anorexia and negative self-image. It was a hard-hitting, powerful entry that would have been quite at home in a published magazine.
Recognised alongside Vievien in the KS3 poetry competition was Hope, who finished third for the second year running — a fantastic achievement that demonstrates talent and consistency.
Charlotte and McKenzie were two more of our winners from key stage 3. Charlotte received special recognition for her short story, while McKenzie came second in both the poetry and short story categories.
In key stage 4, Harry triumphed in the poetry competition, coming away with the coveted first place award.
Formerly known as The National Association of EBD Schools, Engage in Their Future is an organisation that allows SEMH schools to join together and express a collective voice, provide peer support, and promote the sharing of good practice at all levels.
Engage in Their Future also hosts a series of annual awards, including the National Creative Awards, which we have participated in for four years. The Peak has a history of performing admirably at the National Creative Awards, but pupils and staff really excelled this year in receiving 15 awards.
The theme for this year’s awards was ‘bouncing back’, with entrants able to submit works under the categories of short stories, poetry, and photography. Our pupils and staff interpreted the theme in creative, inspiring ways, which led to their astounding success.
Entries ranged from a poem describing an imaginative creature to a true story about a three-legged hedgehog that was rescued and bounced back from an operation. The main character in that story is Mrs Loveridge’s hedgehog, Charlotte Rose Loveridge, who is now also the star of her very own calendar.
Engage in Their Future has also recognised two other Peak students as part of their Outstanding Personal Progress awards. The two nominees, Kieran and Lottie, are guaranteed to receive a bronze, silver, or gold award.
Kieran has been nominated in the outstanding personal progress category. He has secured a placement in a technology college, and will be going on to complete A-levels in maths, engineering, and cyber security. Kieran has already taken part in several taster days at college, and he is the first pupil from our school to secure such a prestigious college placement.
Lottie has been nominated in the good citizenship category. She has been a young carer all her life, and has been selfless in giving up her time to mentor and help others at our school.
We are extremely proud of our amazing students and staff, and delighted that their hard work and talents have been recognised. Everyone who has won an award will be presented with a certificate and a glass trophy during our end-of-year assembly, which takes place on 19th July.