Bright Star Awards celebrate ‘doing your best to be your best’
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 10:18 AM
The University of Brighton Academies Trust celebrated outstanding pupils and colleagues at its annual Bright Star Awards on Monday 15 July. Held at the University of Brighton’s Asa Briggs lecture theatre, the location underlined the strong nurturing links the university has with the Trust as its sponsor.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a not-for-profit charitable trust comprising 15 schools across Sussex aimed at boosting opportunities for children to enjoy brighter futures.

Across an uplifting event each principal highlighted the qualities that made each award-winner outstanding.

Dr John Smith, Chief Executive of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, welcomed students, parents, carers and colleagues to the event, saying:

“I am honoured and incredibly proud to host this occasion. The dedication, excellence and commitment of staff, students, Local Board members and professional services colleagues from our family of schools is inspiring. It also demonstrates very clearly that what we do makes a difference to so many lives.”

The awards were generously sponsored by Astec Computing.

In addition to the award winners there were some terrific performance from academy students. The Dudley Infant Academy Glee club sang by video link, Tom Bruges of The Hastings Academy played classical guitar (having recently achieved Distinction in his Grade 8 guitar exam), and The Hastings Academy dance troupe performed a powerful dance piece entitled  ‘Together we move’.

The winners in full:

Student of the Year

Isabelle - The Baird Primary Academy  
Serena - Blackthorns Community Primary Academy  
Evie - Churchwood Primary Academy  
Finley - Desmond Anderson Primary Academy  
Eli - Dudley Infant Academy  
Riley - Hollington Primary Academy   
Katie - Holmbush Primary Academy 
Annabel - Lindfield Primary Academy
Harry - Pound Hill Infant Academy 
Aliyah - Robsack Wood Primary Academy
Jaime - Silverdale Primary Academy
Oscar - West St Leonards Primary Academy 
Adam - The Burgess Hill Academy
Ivan - The Hastings Academy 
Mary-Lou - The St Leonards Academy 

Staff Member of the Year

Nichola Benton - The Baird Primary Academy
Mark Tugwell - Blackthorns Community Primary Academy
Gail Clements - Churchwood Primary Academy
Alison Tighe - Desmond Anderson Primary Academy
Corrine Harris - Dudley Infant Academy
Debbie Wibberley - Hollington Primary Academy
Mandy Southwell - Holmbush Primary Academy
Lorraine Pellett - Lindfield Primary Academy
Elizabeth Davis - Pound Hill Infant Academy
Kerry Hopkinson - Robsack Wood Primary Academy
Claire Baker - Silverdale Primary Academy
Christopher Woods - West St Leonards Primary Academy
Paula Ridley - The Burgess Hill Academy
Lynn Brown - The Hastings Academy 
Julie Jones - The St Leonards Academy 

Local Board Member of the Year 
Winner: Rose Durban

Professional Services Staff Member of the Year
Winner: Mauricia Goldberg