Nottinghamshire’s Flying High Trust welcomed 15 primary schools from around the county to the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham for their glittering annual awards event.
The occasion recognises the achievements of children and school staff in several categories reflecting the Trusts’ ethos which are, Aspiration, Responsibility, Creativity, Pride, Confidence, Perseverance and Enjoyment.
Mr. Chris Wheatley, CEO of The Flying High Trust said that the event is gaining momentum year on year. “This year’s award ceremony at The Royal Concert Hall was the most spectacular yet! It was such an inspirational event showcasing the fantastic schools, staff and pupils that help to make this occasion so special.” The event, said Chris, was a celebration of what is best in education. “We have the privilege of working with staff, pupils and support staff who go above and beyond what is asked and the incredible array of talents exhibited on stage by hundreds of children from all over Nottinghamshire is testament to their hard work and creativity. 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.”
Porchester Junior School (Carlton) Head Teacher, Graham Cullen said his school joined The Flying High Trust in July. He said, “This was the first time Porchester Junior School attended the Flying High Trust Awards and it was a truly spectacular event at a fantastic venue. The children’s performances were amazing, they showed real talent and confidence and it created a joyful atmosphere in the theatre. It really was inspiring to see so many different schools coming together to create such a wonderful show and Porchester Junior School were delighted to be a part of such a celebration.”
Special guest speaker at the event Alan MacDonald is an author and said that the event was a fun filled celebration of talent. Alan presented the award for Creativity and said it was a special treat for him. “Creativity is at the heart of everything and without it life would be very dull and boring. As a children’s author, I think the vital importance of creativity sometimes gets overlooked in education so I was very pleased to present an award that shone a spotlight on it. It was an honour to attend the awards and a joy to see the children performing on a big stage with such panache and enthusiasm. The cheering took the roof off the concert hall!
The Flying High Trust has member primary academies all over Nottinghamshire including 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), Porchester Junior School (Carlton) and Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School (Sutton in Ashfield).