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Accrington Academy is celebrating after picking up two prestigious awards at United Learning’s national Best in Everyone Awards.

Two students were recognised at a spectacular black-tie gala held at the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield on Friday 28 June.

The Best in Everyone Awards celebrate the impressive achievements of students and staff at United Learning schools across the country. They include awards for academic excellence, extracurricular achievements and for service to school communities. As well as showcasing the talents of the Group’s students and staff, they also recognise some of United Learning’s most dedicated, hard-working and inspirational individuals.

The winning Accrington Academy students were:
• Jordan Sutton who won the Dance Achievement Award
• Thomas Pickup who won the Music Performance Award (Year 10-13)

Each of these students were nominated by their teachers for their exceptional achievements. In winning the awards, they saw off strong competition from a field of excellent candidates from across United Learning.

As a keen dancer and choreographer, Sixth Former Jordan took his ideas from working with Accrington Academy’s School Dance Company to the Manchester Auditions for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ last year. Most recently, his success has included a performance at regional U.Dance platform with The Lowry in Manchester.

Year 11’s Thomas has shown a similar talent in music, embracing all types of genres and excelling not only as a vocalist but also on the bagpipes, piano, organ and saxophone. Having grown in confidence during his time at the academy, Thomas now regularly performs at open evenings, assemblies, concerts and in local events. He has impressed teachers with the way he continues to challenge himself to learn more complex pieces of music and meet the technical demands with fluency and precision.

Thomas also had the opportunity to showcase his talents when he treated his fellow award winners, parents and guests to a special performance at the Best in Everyone Awards awards ceremony on the 28th.

Congratulating the winners, James Kerfoot, Head Teacher at Accrington Academy, said:

“Both of these students deserve the recognition they have received with these awards. For Jordan, his commitment, creativity and enthusiasm is second to none in sharing current and engaging choreography with other students. Thomas is likewise an incredibly talented, versatile performer who has come a significant way during his five years at the academy. We are very proud of them and look forward to following what will undoubtedly be successful careers for each of them in their disciplines.”

Commenting on his award, Thomas, who the day after the awards played with the Accrington Pipe Band and then sang with the Pendle Youth Choir on Sunday, said:

“I was excited to perform at the actual awards ceremony but was nervous as it was the largest audience that I had ever performed in front of. Once I started though, I really enjoyed it and I was really happy to actually receive an award.”

Added Jordan:

“I was speechless – it was fantastic that out of so many students from across all of the United Learning schools, I actually won an award.”

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