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Students at two Bromley schools told to ‘become the very best you can be’ by former Damage member at glittering awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 09:48 06 October 2017

Former Damage member Andrez Harriott was at the awards, as he supports children and young people at risk of offending

Former Damage member Andrez Harriott was at the awards, as he supports children and young people at risk of offending

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A total of 40 children were presented with prizes

40 children from across the Borough were presented with prizes at a glittering ceremony on Monday night40 children from across the Borough were presented with prizes at a glittering ceremony on Monday night

Students at two special and alternative provision schools were praised by a former R&B musician at an awards ceremony this week.

Bromley Trust Academy and Bromley Beacon Academy teach children aged five to 18, who require an alternative to mainstream education.

On Tuesday, 40 youngsters from the schools received prizes for their achievements and successes over the past year, in an awards ceremony where Andrez Harriott, former member of R&B band Damage, was the special guest.

Mr Harriott is now the CEO of The Liminality Group, an organisation that specialises in working with young people at risk of offending.

Paige Bish, was presented an award for being head girl at Bromley Beacon Academy’s Orpington campus, the 12-year-old said: “This school has really supported me and the teachers are brilliant.

“I love art and cookery but want to be a midwife in the future.”

Charlie Jones, from Hayes, said he was “surprised” to pick up the citizen and community prize.

The 15-year-old said: “I do my best to help people and it’s really nice to be rewarded. The teachers are really supporting me at school and I enjoy PE and construction. I am aiming to get a job in construction.”

Another winner, Alfie Meads, is head boy at Bromley Trust Academy’s Midfield campus, he said: “This is such a caring school and I have made some brilliant friends, the teachers gave me passion to learn, I want to be a pilot in the future so will have to keep working hard.”

While students praised their teachers, Mr Harriott praised all of the young award winners, saying: “We are all extremely proud of you. Your families, carers and teachers are all here to support you and we know that you will be of great value to society in the coming years.

“You have to find out what you are good at and then become the very best you can be. All of you are doing brilliantly well to get to this stage and the future is bright for you all.”

CEO of London South East Academies Trust, Sam Parrett, added: “We are offering high quality education for children who need an alternative to mainstream education, supporting them academically and emotionally – and helping them to lead fulfilling lives

“We are incredibly proud of our award winning students tonight. Their commitment and hard work this year has really paid off, and these young people are role models to their peers.

“I am hugely grateful to executive head teacher Neil Miller and his team, who work so tirelessly to support our students and ensure their success. I have no doubt that all our schools and students will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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