Introducing our Centres of Excellence for 2023/24

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“I have seen first hand the impact it can have on young people. My son certainly has grown in confidence and the programme is equipping him with the skills he will need later on in life. It’s a great asset for the school.”

E. Coxhead, parent of a leadership learner at Highfields School.

We are delighted to announce our Centres of Excellence for the current academic year, 2023/24.

This involves going beyond the awards and qualifications and bringing the skills to life throughout their work with learners and delegates.

These centres have been chosen to work with us to help develop the Centres of Excellence initiative over the coming months, with the aim of opening up this opportunity to all centres in the 2024/25 academic year.

The initiative has been created with the support of a cross-section of centres, including primary, secondary, Further Education and community groups across the UK and overseas. We’re honoured  to be working with them and to have this opportunity to celebrate their outstanding work.

On hearing of their school being selected, Judita Kantorova of Kingsbury Green Primary School was elated at the acknowledgement of the learners’ progress. She said: “We are immensely proud to be a school that nurtures and empowers young leaders. This well-deserved recognition is a testament to the dedication, hard work, and exceptional leadership skills of our talented students.

“The feedback from the leadership team, pupils, and parents has been overwhelmingly positive, with everyone expressing great pride in the newfound recognition of our school’s commitment to developing exemplary leaders.

“This accolade solidifies our resolve to continue fostering a culture of leadership excellence, pushing boundaries, and inspiring future generations. Together, we continue to soar high and make a positive impact in the world. ”

Highfields School in Derbyshire is another of our Centres  of Excellence, where Callum Conquest is among the most recent cohort of learners to achieve their leadership qualification and appreciates the benefits it brings. He said: “After taking part in the Sports Leadership programme led by the Leadership and Skills Foundation since year 7, I feel I am a more confident person as a whole.

“This enabled me to not only gain good GCSE grades but also helped me find part time employment.  I am very grateful to Highfields School, Mrs Allen and the rest of the Leadership staff who have always encouraged me within Sports Leaders and help me grow into the person I am today.

“Becoming a centre of excellence is fitting for the Highfields ethos.”

Meanwhile, Jo Ray, Health and Well-Being Lead at Budmouth Academy, felt that being named as aCentre of Excellence was a great achievement for the school and their pupils. They said: “Budmouth Academy is very proud to have received this prestigious award.

“We have built up wonderful relationships with community groups in our locality who enjoy having our young sports leaders work alongside their own students in a very symbiotic manner.

“The transferable skills that our young people develop across the courses are invaluable for their futures and this is proven by the numbers of students we have that move into teaching/coaching/leading careers.

“The staff here at Budmouth feel incredibly proud that our hard work and effort has been recognised in this way.”

The full list of Centres of Excellence for 2023/24 is as follows:

  • Shenley Brook End School
  • Kingsbury Green Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary
  • Dubai British School Emirates Hills
  • St Christopher’s School
  • MonLife Sports Development
  • International School of Prague
  • ALP Nuneaton
  • New College Pontefract
  • Highfields School
  • Blackpool Sixth
  • Prenton High School for Girls
  • Whalley Range 11-18 High School
  • Budmouth Academy
  • Hitchin Girls School
  • Liverpool FC Foundation
  • Derby College
  • South Hunsley School
  • Dallaglio RugbyWorks
  • Isleworth & Syon School
  • Hartpury College
  • Aylesbury High School
  • Teign School
  • Larbert High School
  • Whitehill Secondary School

You can find the location of all our Centres of Excellence here.

Congratulations to all our Centres of Excellence for 2023/24 – we’re so thrilled to be working with you!

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