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Educational achievements of children in care celebrated

Posted on 10 October 2016  - 09:00

Ledley King joined a number of special guests at the 13th Annual Aiming Higher Awards to celebrate the educational achievements of Haringey’s children and young people in care.


Hosted at Tottenham UTC, young people were nominated for awards in categories including: learning achievement; leadership, responsibility and engagement; innovation and aspiration; and community involvement.

During the ceremony, Ledley congratulated each young winner before presenting them with gifts to mark their hard work and achievements, alongside Haringey’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Stephen Mann.

Care leavers delivered inspirational speeches based on their own experiences to demonstrate the achievements that can be made despite coming through the care system.

The event, which is organised by Haringey Council’s Virtual School of Children in Care, is supported by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, which has a proven track record in delivering innovative projects for looked after children.

The Foundation and Haringey Virtual Schools work in partnership to deliver To Care Is To Do, a programme that provides a range of support services to help improve educational attainment, increase employability, develop life skills and promote healthy and active lifestyles to looked after children and care leavers within the local community.

Ledley, Club Ambassador, said: “It’s an inspiration to meet some incredible young people who have overcome adversity to make such significant achievements in their education over the last year.

“The Club, through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and its work with Haringey Council, has a fantastic track record over the years of providing the opportunities for the Borough’s children in care to have the best possible education and chance of a successful career.”

Speaking at the event, Haringey’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Elin Weston, said:  “Haringey’s looked-after children receive such fantastic opportunities as a result of the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in partnership with our Virtual Schools programme - I am certain this work will continue for long a time to come.”