Jermaine Jenas Visits St Pauls Primary school London.

January 23rd, 2017

Jermaine Jenas(Aquinas Foundation) made a special trip to visit all of the pupils and teachers at St Pauls Primary school in London! He was there to promote the importance of reading.

Jermaine knows how imperative it is to have a good education and an understanding of reading and writing. He is very interested in education and making sure that every student has the chance to succeed in whatever it is they wish to aspire to be.

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Jermaine talked to the children about what he used to like to read as a child and he also talked about his favourite book now which is ” Loyalty” by the New Zealand Rugby Team.


It was an inspirational afternoon and all of the children were engaged with what he had to say.

We are looking forward to finding out more about the progress in Reading at St Pauls!

St Pauls Primary Reading initiative

Trip to Forest for Sneinton CofE Primary

January 23rd, 2017


The Aquinas Foundation took a group of primary students from Sneinton CofE  along with their parents/carers on a trip to the Forest match where they experienced the entire game from an executive box . We wanted to reward the students who had achieved 100% attendance and we also wanted to invite the parents/carers, as it is usually down to them that the children are in school every day and on time.

This is what they had to say about the outing;

“What a great time, thank you”

“We loved it, we were given food and drink at half time, we were treated like kings”

“Fantastic time, I hope we can do this again”

“This is great for the kids and we had a really good time with food too”

We are always striving to engage both children and parents/carers within the education system and we think it is important to recognise hard work and dedication on both parts. Well done to all of the winners this time!



Mansfield Town Football Players Visit Sneinton C of E Primary

January 19th, 2017

The Aquinas Foundation were asked to help with Sneinton CofE Primary Schools Reading week. We wanted to make sure that we could assist the school with their very important message, that it is cool to be able to read! the school have been working hard to promote reading and we though we could help them reaffirm the message by having two extra cool Footballers to help us.

We asked our Aquinas Friends from Mansfield Town Football Club 1st team if they would be able to come along to the assembly to present some of the reading awards to the children and to take part in a question and answer session. Jamie McGuire and CJ Hamilton were fantastic guests and the school were very happy to have them there to show that it is in fact cool and important to be able to read!

sneinton c of e jamie and cj 2

“The idea is for a child or two from each class to share with the rest of the school some art work or a part of the story they are reading as a class. We are hoping to get the rest of the school excited about reading a new story or book. For example I know Year 1 are reading The Gingerbread Man, Year 2 are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Each class would only spend a few minutes sharing this.

sneinton c of e jamie and cj

If our guests were able to remember their favourite childhood story that would be great or a book or a story they remember reading that would be brilliant. The idea is for our children to see that reading is important as you are growing up and that it is ‘cool’ that footballers thinking reading at school is important. If they were able to mention that coming to school every day ready to learn is vital that would also help us with our attendance message.” (Julie Doyle Head of Reading initiative)

The Children were fantastic at reading the extracts they had chosen! we were very impressed. Well done to all of the pupils and teachers involved.

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If you or your school need any help with a project or incentive then please get in touch



Aquinas parental engagement research

December 1st, 2016


The Aquinas Foundation are currently supporting five schools in Nottingham with a parental engagement research project.

The schools taking part are

Rosslyn Park Primary

Old Basford Primary

Heathfield Primary

Ambleside Primary

Hempshall Hall Primary

We will be blogging our findings and look forward to helping the schools find out vital information about both parents and pupils.

If you or your school would like to find out more about what the Aquinas foundation have to offer then do not hesitate to contact me at

Jermaine Jenas pays a visit to Landau Forte School

December 1st, 2016

The Aquinas Foundation were asked to help a group of students at Landau Forte School in Derby. The group were individually selected due to the fact that they were all students who could achieve much more than they were currently achieving in terms of grades and attitude.

It was a mixed group of students both male and female all from year 11 which is viewed as a crucial time in their schooling career.

This is what Jermaine had to say;

“I was asked to visit Landau Forte school to talk to a select group of students who are capable of achieving a lot more than they are at present. A group of 35 mixed yr 11 pupils who need a little guidance and motivation to succeed in life. This is something I feel very strongly about and the aim of this session is to have a positive impact on all of the children involved. This is the reason I helped to set up The Aquinas foundation… To give aspiration to children in education in the East Midlands This was a chance for the students to listen to my story and they were able to ask me any questions they wished. The school will be monitoring their attainment levels and myself and Aquinas will be supporting the school along the way. This is a pivotal year for these students and we wish them all the determination and dedication in the world”.


Jermaine was taken on a tour of the school where he visited the classrooms during lessons and joined in with what the children were doing. He took time to talk to the students of all ages and they were thrilled to have him walk into their classrooms!


He had lots of signed footballs, which will be given to the students from the chosen group.

He then presented an inspirational talk which kept the target audience positively engaged. Everyone was captivated by what he had to say… it was great to see both the girls and boys so interested in his back story and what his life was like growing up. Jermaine explained how important education is and that we really have to push ourselves in order to succeed in a world with so much competition.



Jermaine explained that we will be supporting the school and following up their progression and that we will be re visiting throughout the year to check up on how they are getting on.


The day was a huge success and this is what the school had to say;

The Landau Forte students, who will sit their GCSE examinations next summer, came prepared with lots of questions for Jermaine about the dedication it takes to succeed and thrive under pressure.

At the start of their crucial GCSE year, Jermaine’s advice to students was that, if they aim high and make the most of the opportunities available at the College, they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.


Following the visit Alison Brannick, the College’s Principal, said:

“2016 was a record year in terms of our GCSE results but we are always looking for ways to improve. Jermaine is someone our students look up to as a successful young man from just a few miles away and his advice will be invaluable to their efforts this year.”

 Levi Treasure in Year 11 said:

I really enjoyed meeting Jermaine, it was a worthwhile and inspirational experience”.




Whitegate Primary Attendance Project winner!

October 25th, 2016

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Whitegate Primary School in Clifton is another school that we work closely with in regards to projects and helping the school in any way to achieve their targets.

Attendance seems to be a constant area of focus for most of the schools that we work with and we are always striving to achieve better for the school and come up with new ways to keep both the pupils and parents connected with school in a positive way.

We have been providing Whitegate with mountain bikes for a few years now as an incentive for the children.  The way the project works is, if a child receives 100% for a whole term then their name gets placed in a hat… if they then receive 100% for the following two terms then they will have their name in the hat three times. This gives all of the children a chance to have their name in the hat, as some children may have a doctors appointment or dentist etc they will still have the same opportunity for the following terms.

We have seen a clear rise in attendance and we were their to witness the winner being drawn.

whitegate bike 2016

William Booth Attendance Winners…

October 25th, 2016

William Booth Primary have been working on their attendance and The Aquinas Foundation have helped them along the way with some great incentives for the children.

We went to the Attendance Assembly to drawer the winning names out of the hat and everyone was sat with baited breath to hear the names announced! the children were all very excited.

william booth 2016 winnersTom Buckmaster (Transform Trust),William booth pupil Bike Winner, Claire Paparozzi(Head Teacher),William Booth pupil Bike winner, Rosie McLaughlin(Aquinas Foundation)

They were reminded by us that even if they don’t win the prize this time they will all be in for a chance next time if they manage to get to school every day and receive 100% attendance.

Well done to all of the pupils who managed to receive 100% this time… it is a fantastic achievement.

QMC Hospital School Fayre

October 25th, 2016

The Aquinas Foundation were asked to donate a gift for the Queens Medical Centre Hospital School Fayre. “The Children’s Hospital School educates children and young people across 13 wards at the Queens Medical Centre Nottingham as well as the Wolfson Centre at the City Hospital. The School is part of the hospital and home education learning centre which provides first class education across the city of Nottingham for students with medical needs”.

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Ben Clarke (Aquinas Education), Eleanor Tweedie (Head Teacher), Rosie McLaughlin (Aquinas Foundation)

We took a family hamper along and it was raffled off as a prize! the day was a huge success and was broadcast on the local news.

It is for such a great cause and a lovely day was had by all!

Edale Rise Primary Announce Winner of Attendance Project

October 25th, 2016

The Aquinas Foundation have been working closely with Edale Rise Primary school on their attendance drive and have provided the school with some fantastic incentives for the children. All of the children who managed to gain 100% attendance had the chance to win something from an array of prizes.

We went along to the awards assembly to watch the pupils collect their certificates and prizes. It was a positive and fun way for the children to understand the importance of coming to school every day. They all got to see their peers stand up and receive a prize and this was something I feel will have a knock on affect for the children in the terms to come.

edale rise 2016 winner(Winners of bikes provided by Aquinas)

We will continue to work with Edale Rise and we are constantly looking for new and interesting ways for the children to be inspired to come to school every day!

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Arnbrook Primary increase attendance with the help of the Aquinas Foundation

October 18th, 2016

arnbrook awards 2016 3The Aquinas Foundation paid an important visit to Arnbrook Primary school to present the winners of the attendance awards with their prizes donated by Aquinas.

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We were there to watch the children sing their inspirational assembly song that they all sing together at their awards assemblies. The awards were then given out for the most improved and 100% attenders. The children received Certificates and vouchers and then the main prize which was a brand new mountain bike was awarded.

The children were very enthusiastic and looking forward to having the chance to win a bike next term.