Jack Petchey Winners

Nicholas arrived from Moldova to start his new life in England at the start of Year 10 just before the first English PPE exam. Although entering an exam hall and completing an unfamiliar exam in a foreign language would be daunting for anyone, Nicholas simply said “I will just do my best” and got on with it and that has been his mantra throughout the year. He has acted on every piece of advice and feedback with a quiet determination and, as a result, has made phenomenal progress. He epitomises the phrase “a pleasure to teach” – a view, his Head of Year assures me is shared by his other teachers, herself included.


Skye is a Young Carer for her mum and for her two younger siblings -one who has autism, the other is almost 1 year old.  Skye is considered a vulnerable Young Person, she has overcome both social and emotional barriers to her learning.  Skye has aspirations to become a Lawyer, she works hard in school and is determined to not become a product of her postcode















Frankie has difficulty retaining information and retrieval of vocabulary, however she rises above and is excelling in Maths. Frankie is also a great role model who comes into school every day with a smile on her face and tries her hardest.   She is absolutely fantastic in all lessons and has made huge progress in such a short period of time, since starting at Woodlands in September 2017.
















Towards the end of last year on holiday Harry had an accident where he nearly choked to death on some bacon. That then led to Harry developing an eating disorder and he lost a lot of weight, which meant he was unable to take part in any physical activity.  He has now come through this and is able to come back to sport.
















Summer-Love is identified as a Young Carer, initially her punctuality and attendance was an issue, however after intense pastoral support with BfL Team as an added intervention, this has improved immensely.  Summer-Love wears her uniform with pride and is working hard to meet her full potential.


















Emily was nominated because of her consistent role in the netball team, as well as her incredible effort to maintain her amazingly high grades in each and every subject.  She recently voluntarily helped out at the recent open evening in the Art Department.  She is constantly kind to everyone and does her homework without fail.













Theo was nominated for the Jack Petchey award as he easily fits a multitude of criteria which makes someone eligible for such a prestigious award Theo most definitely deserves. As well as being a role model student everybody can look up to, Theo consistently goes out of his way to better improve other’s lives despite him having to deal with his hectic schedule. Among many examples of this, Theo’s kind hearted nature shines during his rugby games where he can always be found picking others up both literally and metaphorically, even though it is not expected of him.

Theo has had to overcome many fears to get him where he is today. A more notable one is his fear of public speaking. He has had to practice, for many years, to truly master this difficult skill. He has improved so much now that last year he pushed the limits further and participated in the jack Petchey speak out challenge, showing true bravery and trying really hard to overcome a personal challenge of his.

Theo is well known for being an exceptional role model in his local community. So much so that his school has recognised this by choosing him to be their head boy, putting a large amount of trust in him to be a good role model and up hold Woodlands schools values. in addition to inside the school, Theo regularly volunteers at Basildon Rugby club as a referee, taking it upon himself to enrol in a refereeing course so he can help others and the community while expecting nothing back in return.













Katie is an excellent advocate for the learning development department and a role model for her special need. She is always keen to talk about what her autism means for her and is willing to try new support strategies, feeding back on what she believes others will find helpful. She is keen to help and takes on admin tasks in the department, helping to make displays and resources. Although she finds social interaction difficult she has prioritised a new pupil above herself, supporting Rebecca to feel settled in her new school. This was an extremely challenging task for Katie and she conducted herself maturely and demonstrated empathy, considering the needs of another before herself.












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