240 people attended the event and celebrated the achievements of young people, teachers and volunteers. 97 children and 34 teachers and volunteers were award achievement certificates.
Cllr Danielle Stone and Cllr Jonathan Nunn pointed out how important it is to gain GCSE levels in their mother tongue and keeping in touch with their heritage.
The Mayor of Northampton presented certificates to those who gained AS and A2. He pointed out that the commitment of the young people is outstanding as they are all between 15 and 16 years old and worked really hard for their brilliant grades coping with mainstream school pressures at the same time.
Certificates for the ‘Most Creative student’ were awarded to young people by the Mayor of Kettering who emphasised the importance of keeping in touch with their cultural heritage.
Councillor Anna King presented certificates to students with ‘Best Attendance’. She said: The commitment of students, parents and teachers is outstanding.
Certificates for the ‘Most Improved Student’ were awarded by Morcea Walker who said: ‘It is great to see how many of young people are committed to academic achievement’.
During the Award Ceremony, we not only celebrated the achievements of children and young people but also the achievements of Supplementary Schools through quality assurance. James Underwood, Subject Leader - Teacher Education CPD from the University of Northampton awarded certificates to those teachers who attended a 60-hour National Resource Centre (NRCSE) For Supplementary Education 60-hour Effective Teaching Course which is Open College Network (OCN) accredited. This course was funded by the Borough Council and delivered by the ANSS.
Alaa Abouzanad, the ANSS Chairman presented certificates to those teachers who attended a NRCSE OCN accredited Special Educational Needs and Disability course. This course was funded by the NRCSE and delivered partly by the NRCSE and partly by the ANSS.
Our ANSS Youth Forum were presented with achievement awards for the music they created as part of the Concept Project delivered by Pedestrian. They will all receive an Arts Council England Arts Award at a later stage.
Alaa Abouzanad, the ANSS Chairman, congratulated the schools and said: ‘the importance of Supplementary Schools is that they empower communities through education and with that develop self-respect, a strong sense of ethics and inter-faith understanding, which is paramount in today’s society.
What we see now is that bilingualism is a gift that we can give to our students and to our communities. And that is a powerful shift in our historical perspective on bilingualism.’
Cllr Danielle Stone highlighted the important role the ANSS plays in the professional development, reputation, standing and academic achievements of the supplementary schools