Jack Petchey Awards

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999. The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme started in East London. It now operates in all London boroughs running in over 1000 schools, colleges and clubs. It is a scheme to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and to play a full part in society. Grants of over £35 million have been given since the establishment of the Foundation.

Over the course of the school year, St Martin’s is able to give nine awards to individual students, and a leader award. The winner of each student award receives a framed certificate and £250 in the form of a cheque made payable to St Martin’s. The money is then spent on a school or community project of the recipient’s choice.  Students are nominated by their peers who need to fill in a nomination form which can be placed in the box in Student Services.

The Foundation realises that lots of the great work, projects and schemes that young people are able to access and participate in, would simply not be possible without the support of their adult leaders. In recognising this the Foundation created the Leader Award. This gives young people the opportunity say thank you to their leaders to recognise and vote for the the ones that inspire and support them.

In addition, we also take part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.  Click here to find out more about the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Award Scheme. 

St Martin's Winners 2018-2019

Who can be nominated?

Any student can be nominated if they have not previously been awarded. Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve – perhaps when others thought they might fail. The Achievement Awards are not solely for academic achievement – they may be used to recognise a personal triumph for someone who has faced a challenge, a young person who has pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone or it may be an opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of a team player.


Year 10 in September, Year 11 in October, Year 12 in November, Year 13 in January, Year 11 and Leader Award in February, Year 8 in March, Year 9 in May and Year 7 in June.

Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Celebration for 2017-2018 Winners

'Speak Out' Challenge! 2018

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is a programme run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation to encourage the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public and available to every state secondary school in London and Essex.  

Training is offered to at a group of twenty five students from Year 10 and is followed by an in-house 'Speak Out' competition.  The winning student then goes on the represent St Martin's in the Lambeth final and, if successful, the Jack Petchey's 'Speak Out' Challenge! regional final.  Below are the three stages of the 2018 competition.

'speak out' challenge! workshop

Guest Speaker Elaine Powell from the Speakers Trust delivered an exciting workshop to thirty Year 10 students who spent the day learning about public speaking and developing their oracy skills. 

Students took part in a number of challenges and by the end of the workshop each student had a speech that they delivered to the group, with the top six students being chosen to go through to the in-school challenge.

'speak out' in-school challenge

After the Jack Petchey 'Speak Out' Challenge! workshop,  six students went forward to become finalists. They had to practice and prepare their speeches which they then performed during an assembly. 

After a difficult deliberation process the judges declared Aderoju Adesina-Sinclair the winner and Mary Matillion-Konon the reserve. Both students went on to prepare for the Lambeth Final held at the Norwood School.

'speak out' LAMBETH FINALS

Students from several Lambeth schools gathered at the Norwood School to compete in the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out' Challenge! regional final. St Martin’s was represented by Aderoju from Year 10 who presented a fantastic speech in front of hundreds of spectators. Although she did not win, this is what Elaine Powell from the Jack Petchey Foundation said about her: ‘Please give a huge congratulations to Aderoju, who was calm, collected and not flustered at all and delivered an outstanding speech’.