The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme is run in almost 2,000 schools, colleges and youth organisations throughout London and Essex. The scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people.

Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievement - it is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The scheme works well because young people themselves are involved in nominating and selecting the winners.

Each month a student at TGS is awarded a Jack Petchey Achievement Award and is presented with her Award in school. However, once a year the National Foundation organises an event in the local area to present each winner from schools in the Kingston and Richmond boroughs with their medallions.

This scheme has gone from strength to strength in the school. Each month a winner is announced and is awarded £200 to spend on the student body. Award money has funded leavers' celebrations for Years 11 and 13, a Year 9 end of Key Stage Celebration, as well as Duke of Edinburgh transport, PE coaches, Cookery Club and ice creams on school residential trips.

Individual Grants for Volunteering

The Jack Petchey Foundation has recently launched an 'Individual Grants for Volunteering' programme to support young people who are giving back to society by volunteering their time and skills.

Examples of eligible projects include:
  • helping out on a holiday or trip for disadvantaged people
  • a conservation project to improve the environment for others
  • a construction project to improve local facilities in their community
  • a voluntary service overseas.