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Ealing schools invited to nominate students for prestigious annual Dr John Roberts QC CBE Achievement Awards

Schools across Ealing are being asked to nominate their students for the prestigious annual Dr John Roberts QC CBE Achievement Awards which recognises primary and secondary students from African and Caribbean descent in Ealing.

The awards, now in their 18th year and sponsored by Ealing Council, have showcased many young people across the borough.  In previous years winners have included Arsenal and England footballer Bukayo Saka who won the sports category in 2017 and Tatianna Gailard who has recently qualified as a commercial pilot.

Organised by Acton-based Descendents, a 30-year-old charity for young people with its main focus on African and Caribbean culture, nominations come from across Ealing and its primary schools, secondary schools and special educational needs for categories including ‘the pupil that excels in all areas of their education’ , ‘student that achieve against all odds’, ‘students that excel in the arts’, ‘sports’, ‘entrepreneurial qualities’, and ‘future leader qualities’.

Speaking to EALING.NEWS, Margaret Noel, founder and director of Descendants said: “Eighteen years on and I am just as passionate about the Achievement awards as I was at the first one in 2004. Our Special guest at that first awards was Tim Campbell winner of the first series of The Apprentice.  It was thanks to him and a very special volunteer Michael that we were able to hold the awards.  The Awards are also a reminder that our children do achieve! We just need to highlight their achievements.”

Parents and guardians are also invited to contact their school to get their child nominated in any of the seven categories:

students who excel in all areas of their education
students who work hard and achieve against all the odds
students who excel in the arts
students who excel in sports
students who excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)
students with entrepreneurial qualities
students who are future leaders

There is also an award for teacher. Last year this was a posthumous award for teacher Joycelyn Poole of Twyford school.

Award winners from 2022

Among the most nominated categories are students who ‘excel in all areas of their education’ and  ‘students who work hard and achieve against all the odds’.

The organisers Descendents say they are also looking forward to seeing more nominations in ‘students with entrepreneurial qualities’ and ‘students who are future leaders’.
For more information email either descendantscharity@gmail.com or manager@descendants.org.uk

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