What is the CLP?
The Central Learning Partnership is a group of 18 member educational establishments in the central area of the City of Nottingham within the East Midlands region. Families and children within CLP neighbourhood areas are disproportionately affected in some way by income deprivation, the CLP was set up in order to support these children and their families in our school settings using initiatives, schemes and projects.
Aquinas' Ryan Miller hands over Kindle Fire HD & Books to Heidi Hollis, CLP Director
Aquinas is extremely proud to of teamed up with Nottingham Cities Central Learning Partnership (CLP). With Aquinas having similar aims and goals to the CLP we thought it was essential we had some involvement and brought something different to the table. We are one of the driving forces behind the latest CLP initiative, the “Relish Reading” project. This initiative targets 30 children over 2 terms to help them find a love for reading and improve literacy performance throughout school. We decided getting the children engaged with new books and interactive new technology was certainly the best way to achieve our goals. Aquinas provided 16 Kindle Fire HD tablets, 65 reading books & over 30 book bags for the schools taking part in the project.
Look out for an appearance or video speech from Queen Park Rangers FC midfielder Jermaine Jenas. Visit www.aquinasfoundation.co.uk
Nottingham Forest and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas visited the Bulwell Academy on Thursday the 22nd of November. Jermaine represented the The Aquinas Foundation, gifting Land Rover mountain bikes to the school, which will be used to reward positive achievement at the schools end of year awards.
Jermaine also took part in a question and answer session with a group of students and introduced the Aquinas Foundation to staff at the Academy. Aquinas aims to support local communities and schools to help lower truancy and raise attainment levels amongst young people.
Jermaine is a great role model for young people in Nottingham and many of the schools students took to twitter later in the day to express how much meeting him had meant to them and how inspirational the experience has been.
Click onto our Aquinas Foundation video wall to see the Sky Sports clip following the visit!
Can you spot anyone you know?!
The Aquinas Foundation is delighted to announce that it has now appointed a Chief Executive Officer to develop the Charity. Richard Leahy joined the team in November this year having previously been the Director of Education and Training at the Active Communities Network. While at Active Communities Network Richard wrote accredited training courses aimed at developing progression routes for Sports based social inclusion Programmes working with the UKs hardest to reach young people. He has delivered training and education programmes across the globe and works with UK Sector Skills Councils and Awarding bodies to develop new qualifications for the development of community sports activities, community cohesion and social inclusion initiatives.
Richard began his professional career as a school teacher specialising in English, History and Physical Education. He progressed into work in the voluntary sector and ran sports based education programmes in south London during his time with Crime Concern (a UK Charity now known as Catch 22). He has also been National Programme Manager for the Home Office Funded Positive Futures Programme, which delivers sports based social inclusion activities for 11 to 19 year olds, with a view to helping them access further training, development and employment opportunities. Recently wrote a vocationally related qualification for 1st4sport in Using Sport to Tackle Youth Crime.
Primary Teacher Required
Aquinas Education Ltd is the most unique, personal education recruitment agency in the UK. We specialise in sourcing, supplying and supporting all of our supply staff on a very personal level, making sure they share the same objectives and ethos we strive to give in our unique approach.
Aquinas Education are currently recruiting Teaching specialists, EYFS & KS1-5 & Teaching Assistants.
We Urgently require a experienced supply teacher to work day to day in both KS1 & KS2 settings. The candidate will be required to work both day to day and long term supply. We are looking for someone very flexible enthusiastic and desire to learn and adapt to new environments.
Aquinas Education offer competitive rates of pay.
For more information and to arrange an interview please call Ryan 01159343474
Aquinas are proud to be asked for a 2nd year running, to sponsor the annual sports awards at The Nottingham Emmanuel school. The night was a great success, with the school putting on a fantastic ceremony! Aquinas are very honoured to be able to sponsor such a great night and as with last years awards, we were extremely impressed with the maturity and manner in which the pupils conducted themselves – both winners and runners up.
The Nottingham Emmanuel Sports Awards
The Nottingham Emmanuel staff line up
The Awards Ceremony
Exceptional pupils from the Awards
We would like to thank everyone at The Nottingham Emmanuel school for inviting us to sponsor the Awards and look forward to making it a hat trick next year!
Nottingham Forest have signed midfielder Jermaine Jenas on a 3 month loan deal from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. After 8 years away from NFFC Jermaine could not turn down the opportunity to play for his childhood club. This also means that Jermaine’s company and charity Aquinas will benefit from having Jermaine as a positive role model and ambassador for the Company.
Not only does Jermaine want to give local side Nottingham Forest a huge boost in their push for promotion but Jermaine wants to dedicate some of his time to local schools & make a real lasting impression on the children in the short time that he is here.
Jermaine Says “This is a great opportunity for me to give something back to my home town, not only NFFC but for the community. Over the next few weeks I plan to visit a handful of local schools to reiterate the importance of attendance, numeracy & literacy. My company Aquinas has always tried to raise standards within schools and raise ambition and aspirations within young people. Hopefully being more local, I can have a real hands on approach along side the Aquinas team”
Teen Years: Jermaine Jenas
Congratulations to everyone on taking part in this years McKeever cup. Before getting onto the final a quick mention to the teams that took part:
Our lady and st edwards with Captain George Byrnes being joint top goal scorer; to St. Pats, St. Teresa and St. Margaret’s for playing some good football. Then to Jermaine’s old school Blessed Robert with another joint top scorer for the day kieran ellis; and finally, Rio Murray at St. Augustine’s again top scorer who looked from the video’s like a contender for player of the tournament! (Rio pictured below with consultant Ryan Miller).
Finally onto the top two teams in a closely fought final match. Our Lady’s vs St Mary’s hyson green, it took Elliot saunders-johnson who eventually won the Aquinas boot for the player of the tournament to score the winning goal and lift the McKeever cup for the 2nd time in 3 years. Unlucky to Our Lady with Devonte Evans their stand out man of the tournament.
Thank you to Mr McKeever for once again inviting us to attend the day, Aquinas are very proud of the the links with the Trinity school and will look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Remember to keep watching the website to see more work we are doing in the future.
The Launch of the Aquinas Foundation took place in April 2012 at the East Midlands Conference centre Nottingham. The Foundation has followed on from the great work already seen in Nottinghamshire schools by Aquinas Education.
The Aquinas Foundation was set up by Aquinas Education owners, Craig Anderson and Jermaine Jenas to help tackle truancy and gang culture in Nottinghamshire schools. Being born and bred in Nottingham, the two friends wanted to encourage young people to make the right choices in life and provide role models to help them achieve their goals.
The night was attended by over 450 guests with the star attraction being England and Team GB football manager Stuart Pearce giving the after dinner speech and taking questions from the audience. To follow Stuarts candid insight into all things football, the Aquinas Foundation held a charity auction in which guests could bid to win an array of prizes including a signed David Beckham shirt, a guitar signed by Cheryl Cole, Gareth Bale’s signed football boots, a holiday apartment in Florida for 14 nights amongst many other great prizes. The rarity of the prizes really got the guests buzzing and some of the items were sold for big bucks.
For more information about the charity and to see the good work already being done please visit the website www.aquinasfoundation.com
Today was an extra special day at Aquinas Towers, with The Queen swinging by to give us a wave.
We were also lucky enough to see the lovely William and Kate drive by and also give a quick wave.
The Aquinas Foundation was set up to target Nottingham schools in the first instance, expanding with time. We aim to help lower truancy and raise attainment within schools and tackle the associated problems that stem from these issues such as crime and illiteracy. Nottingham has a notoriously bad reputation and The Aquinas Foundation are determined to have an active impact on changing the attitudes and behaviours of these young people.
Aquinas Education have been helping schools for the past few years with similar projects, but we now feel with our supporters and backing, we will be able to help on a larger scale across the East Midlands.
Please have a look on The Aquinas Foundation website to register your details and to see our programmes being delivered, and the results we hope to achieve.