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Bryan Mallows
Head Teacher, Berridge Junior School

M McKeever
Head Teacher, Trinity School


"The 2 mountain bikes donated by Aquinas 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."

R Bosley

Attendance Officer, The Bramcote School


“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.” 

G Pearce

Attendance Officer, Rosslyn Primary School

“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.”

P Hallsworth

Head Teacher, Ashover Primary School

“We see regular attendance as a high priority at Rise Park Primary and Nursery School and have many strategies in place to encourage and motivate children to attend school on a regular basis. We believe that only by attending school can the children make excellent progress and achieve their true potential. We reward children each month and each half term for 100% attendance and monitor their attendance on a weekly basis. The children receive stickers and pencils but the bike was a huge incentive. The children are all in House Teams and each half term the Attendance Cup is awarded to the House with the most points so that all the children are working together.

The bike was launched in an assembly to all the children and revisited on several occasions throughout the two terms that this incentive scheme was running. It was also on display for all the children to see. Mrs Slack put an article on the monthly newsletters and kept it very high profile with the parents/carers.

At the end of the summer term all the names of the children who had 95% attendance and above were put into a hat and the winning name drawn out in a whole school celebrations assembly.

Michael Ajaidoo was the lucky winner!”

K Slack

Head teacher, Rise Park School


Thank you for your generosity with your time and expertise yesterday. your input and work with our students and staff very much helped secure a very successful ‘Deep Learning Day’ for all concerned. 

Yesterday was an extremely positive learning opportunity for our students and having visitors to enrich and support this opportunity was invaluable. We have already had a great deal of feedback from staff and students who agree with my view, and tell of the fun and enjoyment they had, whilst undertaking their different learning activities.”

N Arnull 

Head Teacher, The St James' Catholic School London


“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!” 

A Tones

Head Teacher, Rufford Primary School


“Alvaston Junior School were presented with a HD Kindle . It has had a fantastic response from children in the school who are all eager to use the kindle. It has helped those pupils who are currently under achieving and narrowed the FSM gap. There is never a day when the kindle is not being used either in the classroom or during our lunchtime clubs, Thankyou Aquinas” 

F Hurley

Business Manager, Alvaston Junior School


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 Thank You Aquinas.”

J Ennis

Academic Mentor, Hadden Park Secondary School


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