Posts Tagged ‘attendance’

The Bramcote School Top 50 with a little help from Aquinas!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Aquinas Foundation paid a very important visit to The Bramcote school last week as part of the schools Top 50 programme. The school has a great structure in place for attendance and truancy and we were there to support the school with their Top 50 Assembly. The year Group leader presented the assembly whilst the children watched the big screen with anticipation as the Top 50 students were announced! Aquinas Foundation provided the school with two brand new Land Rover bikes which will be mounted in the school hall as a reminder to the children of what they could win if they reach their targeted attendance scores. Attendance is such an important area for children in schools as the more time they have off school the longer it takes them to catch up in class which in turn can make the pupil want to have more time off… The Bramcote school are taking attendance scores seriously and with our help can reward the students who achieve 100% attendance with a prize worth winning.








Rosie Mclaughlin(Aquinas Foundation Event Co-ordinator)


“The 2 mountain bikes donated by Acquinas Foundation have been gratefully received by both staff and students at The Bramcote School.  The bikes will be used as an encouragement to raise attendance.  Students with 100% attendance from 11/11/13 – 4/4/14 will be entered into two prize draws.  One for key stage 3 and one for key stage 4. The launch of this initiative during assembly created a real buzz and lots of positive feedback from students within both key stages.  Several students have been asking many questions about the bikes which are displayed in our reception area to ensure students continue to be encouraged and inspired by such amazing prizes. The Bramcote School are very grateful to Rosie McLaughlin and Craig Anderson (Aquinas) for such generosity.  With improved attendance and motivation students are more likely to reach the potential. Thank you once again Aquinas for supporting our school.” Rosie Bosley(Attendance officer)

Aquinas Foundation will be supporting The Bramcote school every step of the way… Good Luck Bramcote!




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!

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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…













Rufford Primary Improve Attendance

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Aquinas Foundation have been working along side Rufford Primary school on their Attendance project. As we are supported by Stratstone we were able to provide the school with a Land Rover Bike for them to place in the school’s main hall as an incentive for the children to attend school every day and to be on time. This has had a significant affect on the children and has seen attendance scores rise within the school. We are very happy that by providing the bike we are giving a lot of children a chance to strive to improve their attendance scores by giving them a goal to keep them focused throughout the term.







Rosie McLaughlin(Events Coordinator Aquinas) Oliver Barnes(Bike winner)



“I would like thank you for supplying the prize of a lovely bike to help us promote good attendance in school. Seeing the bike hanging in the hall really helped to motivate the children, it certainly helped to improve attendance and consequently children’s achievement at school. Once again, many thanks Aquinas!”  (Alison Tones, Rufford Primary School, Headteacher)






Attendance Turnaround at Rossyln Primary

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Aquinas Foundation have partnered with Rosslyn Park Primary School for a number of years, each year we have strived to expand our support for the school.  Aquinas Foundation have been one of the schools major support systems and we are absolutely delighted that they have made such a substantial turnaround proving to be one of the best schools for attendance in the area. We provided the school with a brand new Land Rover Mountain Bike which was put on display at the school. This was a way of encouraging the children to attend every day and be on time. Giving the children a clear focus on the prize to be won at the end of term.




Ryan Miller(Senior Consultant Aquinas) Gemma Pearce(Attendance Officer Rosslyn)






“In the space of 3 years we have gone from one of the worst attended schools in Nottingham to the best in our area. This couldn’t have been done without the help of our community and partner agencies like Aquinas. The bike Aquinas provided for an attendance award was met with glee from our children. It was placed on display at the front of our school hall which gave the children an exciting visual target to focus their efforts on. Whispers could often be heard of ‘I’ve come every day so I’m going to win that’ and ‘I wish I hadn’t had a day off so it could be mine’. We are going from strength to strength and with Aquinas’s generosity of again providing a bike for a prize this year I’m sure we can achieve even more children attending everyday.” Gemma Pearce




Ryan Miller(Senior Consultant Aquinas) Liam Biedz(Bike winner) Rosie McLaughlin(Aquinas Foundation events coordinator)




“I felt delighted when I heard my name read out and I have been having a great time riding the bike at the weekends and after school. It made me come to school more and make sure that I was on time.” Liam Biedz

“AN Aspley primary school has gone from the worst attended school in Notts to one of the best in just three years. Rosslyn Park Primary School in Amesbury Circus held an end of year  celebration assembly attended by Lord Mayor Councillor Merlita Bryan, who presented a special award.  Rosslyn Park Primary School in Amesbury Circus held an end of year  celebration assembly attended by Lord Mayor Councillor Merlita Bryan, who presented a special award.

 ​Attendance award:  Melinda Edwards with  Lord Mayor Coun Merlita Bryan.
Attendance award:  Melinda Edwards with  Lord Mayor Coun Merlita Bryan.
 Fifty-five pupils achieved 100 per cent attendance in 2013, compared to just seven achieving that in 2010.” Nottingham Evening Post

This is something that we are very proud to be a part of. The projects that Aquinas are helping with are making a massive difference within the school regarding the students and their attitude towards attendance and punctuality and subsequently this has had a huge impact on the schools impressive improvement.



Hadden Park Use Raffle To Tackle Attendance

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Attendance seems to be a big problem in all schools, whether it is down to lateness, illness or other family related problems. This is a something that needs tackling across the city as a whole . The Aquinas Foundation have been very busy providing schools across Nottinghamshire with Mountain bikes in order to raise attainment and lower truancy.  Aquinas want to encourage every pupil to aim for 100% attendance, we want to help the schools to reward the children who fit into this criteria and also the children who have a 50% or more improved attendance and punctuality record over the year.








(James Turner Aquinas Branch Manager, Julien Ennis(Academic Mentor)


Hadden Park High School in Bilborough is grateful to the Aquinas Foundation for the donation of two Land Rover Mountain bikes to be used as prizes for attendance. Every pupil will receive a raffle ticket for a full weeks attendance until the end of the summer term at which point the raffle will be drawn. The central message is that you have to be in school to maximise your chances of winning in the same way that coming to school everyday maximises your chances in GCSE’s and preparation for college.”Julien Ennis








(Top of the range Land Rover Mountain Bikes)

Hadden Park high school were thrilled with the reaction from the students proving this project to be a huge success…


Aquinas Foundation Visit Nottingham Girls Academy

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The Aquinas Foundation have paid a special visit to the Nottingham Girls Academy today to donate a brand new Land Rover Mountain Bike to encourage attendance and punctuality within the school. As we are sponsored by Stratstone it was a great opportunity for us to provide something to keep the students on target and give them a clear goal to focus on.


James Turner(Branch Manager Aquinas), Mr Holyk(Principle), Wendy Chapman(attendance officer), Karen Ashurst(senior cover coordinator)

This bike is going to be used as an attendance reward.  All students receiving 99-100% attendance and punctuality from now until Christmas will be entered into the prize draw.

Wendy Chapman the schools attendance officer was very pleased with our donation “By donating this fantastic mountain bike as a reward to recognise and encourage excellent attendance and punctuality you will make a massive impact ensuring to encourage the students for the whole term up until Christmas! Thankyou Aquinas Foundation”

Aquinas Foundation will be supporting the Academy every step of the way…