The Academy Excellence Awards established in 2011 celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of students, aged 16 to 19, studying at an open academy. The awards aim to promote excellence and encourage academy students to aspire for success. In the 2011 pilot year the individual subject categories were English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Technology; and the group category for the team award was Sustainability.
The winner of each category received a cash prize of £1,500 plus a 'Money Cannot Buy' surprise.
The winners of the first Academy Excellence Awards were announced on 6 July 2011 at a ceremony at The University of Nottingham hosted by television presenter and newscaster, Kate Silverton. The awards were judged by VIP subject experts Lord Robert Winston, Dan Snow, Susie Dent, Kate Bellingham and Matt Parker.
The 2011 winning students are (by subject):
ENGLISH: Jonathan McGovern from Landau Forte College
One week internship at Euro RSCG a top five UK advertising agency
HUMANITIES: Marcus Lester-George from Djanogly City Academy Nottingham
Two weeks volunteering with i-to-i Volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa
MATHEMATICS: Claire Guy from Sandwell Academy
Four weeks leading a marketing communications challenge at Department for Energy and Climate Change
SCIENCE: Thomas Roethenbaugh from Landau Forte College
One week shadowing a senior consultant surgeon with the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
TECHNOLOGY: Sam Exton from Darwen Aldridge
One week environmental sustainability challenge at British Sugar plc
SUSTAINABILITY TEAM AWARD winners are:
Haroon Amjad; Vinay Sharma; Emily Beech; Jenna Hyde and Jordanne Stevenson from Tudor Grange Academy Solihull
One week working on a sustainability project at The University of Nottingham's Ningbo campus in China.
In addition, Euro RSCG provided a special prize - a place at the One Young World summit in Switzerland from 1 - 4 September to the student who displayed the best leadership qualities and capabilities throughout the competition.
LEADERSHIP AWARD winner is:
Dixons Allerton Academy - Humera Shah
The David Ross Foundation is proud to sponsor the Academy Excellence Awards. "Congratulations to the winners of the awards and all the students who made the final top five nominations to have your work shortlisted is a fantastic achievement."
See a film of the Inspiration Day and pictures from the day and Awards Dinner on the Academy Excellence Awards Facebook page.