Archive for October, 2013

Be A Part Of Aquinas Foundation

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Since the Aquinas Foundation began in 2012 we have been extremely lucky with the support of our Celebrity friends, sports men and women. We have been successful in organising a number of programmes within a variety of our schools in the East Midlands. We are currently in partnership with some great companies who want to be a part of what we stand for. Because of the nature of our work and what we do, lots of people want to be involved.

Stratstone have made it possible for us to provide Land Rover Bikes to many of the schools we work with enabling the school to run projects which tackle attendance and punctuality. This has proved to be a huge success within the schools with one of the schools having the biggest turnaround from the worst attended school in Nottingham straight into the top 3!

We are also linked with Holiday inn and Taylor Wimpey

Queens Park Rangers and England midfielder, Jermaine Jenas is the co-founder and trustee of the Aquinas Foundation. Born and bred in Nottingham Jermaine wanted to give something back to the city that he grew up in and where he learnt his trade. Jermaine has worked tirelessly to get the foundation launched. Jermaine will often lead question and answer sessions within the schools and is involved in many of our on going projects.

A massive thank you to Tom Huddlestone for opening the new sports facility at the Nottingham Academy on behalf of the Aquinas Foundation. The Nottingham Academy used to be known as the Greenwood Dale School, which Tom used to attend. To watch footage from the day visit our ‘video wall’.










Sasha Matthews won the Bronze medal at the 2010 commonwealth games in Delhi and has been swimming since the age of 7 becoming professional at the age of 13. Amongst many international event successes Sasha is a European junior Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist. We are proud to announce that Sasha will be joining us for our 2014 project in which 2 children from each school chosen will win a swimming lesson with Sasha and some of her GB team mates!

We are always welcoming new supporters to our charity and are currently in talks with a number of sporting celebrities from a wide variety of sporting backgrounds. We are also in the process of announcing some new exciting sponsorships, from companies who have witnessed the work that we have been doing within the schools of Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas. If you or your company would like to be involved in any upcoming projects or events with Aquinas Foundation please visit our website  and have a read of some of our success stories!

For any questions or queries contact

Chase the Rainbow…




Firbeck Academy Attendance Project Begins…

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Today was a great day for The Firbeck Academy! Aquinas Foundation paid a visit to the school to deliver a Brand New Land Rover Mountain Bike. The bike will be used as an incentive for the pupils to achieve 100% attendance throughout the year. It will be mounted in the school hall as a reminder for the children of what they could win by simply turning up to school every day. Punctuality is another area the school will look at, if the children have made a vast improvement on attendance and punctuality but may have had a day off due to illness etc then they may still be considered for a chance to win the bike. This is a great way to keep the students on target and focused for the entirety of the year.

Debbie Gorstridge the attendance officer at Firbeck was very excited to receive the bike for the school and will be launching the project this week in assembly.






Ryan Miller(Senior consultant Aquinas) Debbie Gorstridge(Attendance officer) Rosie McLaughlin(Events coordinator Aquinas)



Aquinas Foundation will we supporting The Firbeck Academy every step of the way…









Happy Faces at Ashover Primary

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Friday was a very good day for Aquinas Foundation. We paid a visit to Ashover Primary school in Derbyshire and presented the weekly assembly. The children were all very excited as we wheeled the new Land Rover Bike into the hall, informing them that the bike was a prize that they all had a chance of winning, just by having 100% attendance for one term.




Rosie McLaughlin(Events Coordinator), Peter Hallsworth(Head Teacher Ashover), Ben Hallsworth(Pupil)





“I think that this is a fantastic project which will encourage pupils to go for 100% attendance. I already have children who have told me that they are going to try their best to go for the mountain bike. This can only be a good thing for the children and their learning.”(Peter Hallsworth)

Aquinas Foundation will be supporting Ashover Primary school every step of the way…