Children and young people who are in care in Haringey were joined by special guests for the 10th Educational Achievement Awards, where they shared their moving personal stories of achievement.
Over 100 nominations were made by Haringey’s designated teachers for children in care, foster carers and social workers for the awards which recognise children and young people’s successes such as academic achievement; engagement and success in culture and leisure activities; being an asset to the school or wider community, and GCSE attainment.
The annual event is organised by the council’s Virtual School of Children in Care and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. All nominees were presented with a certificate by young defender, Zeki Fryers.
One award-winner said: “I’ve worked hard to achieve where I am today, but I don’t forget to have fun too. I think if you have education you can do so many things that can lead to bigger things. No-one can take that away from you.”
One of Haringey’s foster carers added: “The awards are a great way to make the kids feel proud about what they’ve done and makes sure their hard work is recognised.”
Zeki said: “It was a pleasure to attend this year's awards and hear about the great achievements that the young people have made. Those who told their stories on the night are a true inspiration and goes to show what can be achieved with hard work and dedication."
Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive Officer for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, added: “Tottenham Hotspur is extremely proud to have hosted 10 years of the Haringey Educational Achievement Awards. The awards recognise the commitment and achievements of young people in Haringey and, at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, we believe in helping all of our young people raise their aspirations and make a positive contribution to their community.”
Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Cllr Ann Waters, said: “I’m so impressed by what our children and young people have achieved. They have responded well to the opportunities offered and are making positive life journeys through their schools and local communities.
“From working extra hard to achieve in academic work or learning a new skill – and embracing the motto if it doesn’t work out the first time you can always try again – these youngsters are true ambassadors of the borough and I wish them the very best of luck in building on their successes for the future.”