News from the UKSA Awards which were held yesterday in London recognising commitment and dedication to helping change young people’s lives. Ed
The power of maritime education to broaden horizons, transform young lives and create life changing opportunities was celebrated yesterday (24th March) at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.
Inspirational individuals and schools, all of whom have contributed to or are benefiting from the outcomes of outdoor learning, were honoured by the maritime charity UKSA at the Celebrating Achievement Awards.
Working to change the lives of young people
Four awards were presented by HRH The Princess Royal, who is Patron of UKSA. The leading youth maritime charity works to change the lives of young people through adventurous maritime education, practical training and personal development.
The Vision and Achievement Award went to Heritage House School to recognise the outstanding impact residential visits and on the water activities have had on students from the Chesham School over the past two years.
10 years of visionary work with UKSA
Buckinghamshire teacher Jeremy Graham, who is Head of Year 7 at Dr Challoner’s School in Amersham, received an Exceptional Achievement Award to mark the results of his 10 year visionary work with UKSA, which has benefited more than 1,000 pupils to date.
Exeter yachtsman Josh Stickland (23) won the Outstanding Progress Award for his approach to learning, teaching and progression. Josh now works as a Yachtmaster on a luxury motor yacht.
And the Inspirational Partnership Award was awarded to the Harris Federation which operates nine Harris Academies across South London. Since 2005, more than 900 inner city students have spent time at UKSA, giving them the chance to learn unexpected skills, improve their educational outcomes and expand their life goals and aspirations.
HRH The Princess Royal said: “These awards recognise achievement and commitment and I congratulate everyone involved in today’s ceremony.”
UKSA CEO Jon Ely said: “We work to help young people change their lives by giving them the opportunity to see their own potential, broaden their horizons and achieve outcomes that last for life.
“All of our winners are exceptional examples of how individuals and organisations are prepared to engage and work with UKSA to deliver real, life changing experiences and lasting outcomes for all. The chance to celebrate those achievements is an opportunity for us to emphasis the vital role of informal and vocational training for every young person today. “
Working with Jamie’s Dream School
UKSA recently featured in Jamie Oliver’s new TV series, Jamie’s Dream School (Channel 4, Wednesdays, 9pm).
The programme saw Dame Ellen MacArthur set sail from UKSA with four 18 years olds for a four day ocean adventure to build their team and communications skills.
Image: HRH The Princess Royal with Martin Harris, the Harris Academies