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Academy Awards recognises students’ contribution to school life

Magnus C of E Academy Awards recognises students’ contribution to school life

Former Magnus student attends in person to present the Sir Andrew Pulford Award, named in his honour.

Magnus Church of England Academy has celebrated the achievements of its students in the annual Magnus Awards event.

Awards were given in each year group for the academy’s values of Determination, Integrity, Ambition, Humility and Compassion; in addition to subject and 100% attendance awards. Special Awards for sports, character, excellence, community, and alumni were also given, and a worthy member of the Magnus Combined Cadet Force, Tristan Knighton, received the prestigious Sir Andrew Pulford Award, and was presented with a ceremonial sword by the special guest himself.

Anna Martin is Principal of Magnus C of E Academy and she said, “Our Academy Awards ceremony is a chance for us to celebrate some of the wonderful memories we have made as an academy over the course of the previous academic year. Our staff and students work so hard, and this event gives us an opportunity to recognise their commitment to our vision as an academy, that of developing young people of good character, who achieve excellence and make a positive contribution to their communities.”

Guest speaker, Air Chief Marshal, Sir Andrew Pulford (retired) shared his memories of attending Magnus and living in Newark. He also talked of the core values of the Royal Air Force and how they fitted in with Magnus’ own vision. “I think that the Royal Air Force principles of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence (RISE) are right for anyone, of any age, whether it be in education or later in life. Respecting the opinions and values of others is paramount, and maintaining integrity, and standing up for all of that is so important.

“It is interesting that Magnus embraces it, and clearly the Air Force through those four words; and I think there is a continuum for me personally, from my school time here at Magnus, right through to my career of forty years. All of the Magnus students have done so well. As someone who came from this community, I hope I can inspire students, and demonstrate by my career and by my life, that anything is possible.”

Student Beatrice Cullen made repeated visits to the stage as she won awards for Year 8 Ambition, Special Award for Excellence, Top iChoose Points, and Year 8 Avid Reader award. She said, “I am really pleased. Last year I only won the Avid Reader award, so I am quite happy! I think I am most surprised by the Special Award for Excellence because I wasn’t expecting that. It is nice to see how much everyone was encouraging each other at the awards. I think my family will be proud.”

Elita Coggan (age 16 years) won the Special Award for Year 11 Alumni and said, “It was a big shock when I got invited back to school to receive the award. It was a really nice way to complete that period of my education. They explained that the award was for the person who embodies the values of Magnus and is happy to get involved with all aspects of school life. I hope I am like that!” Elita says her plans now are to stay on at Magnus for A Levels and study Criminology, Biology and History. She said despite receiving a few awards over the years, she still found the event induced some nerves. “I felt quite nervous about going on stage, especially listening to the speech before, but I must say it’s been so nice to see the younger students smiling and happy at receiving recognition, that was so lovely to see.”


As we get closer to the end of the school year, we would like to share some feedback we’ve received recently from parents and carers of current students, and from former pupils of Magnus.

Parent of Year 11 student
“My daughter will be returning to study in your sixth form. However, I would just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you! Throughout her years at Magnus, she has had some amazing teachers and experiences. And when times got tough for her (we are still battling through), the school really stepped up and supported not only my daughter, but our whole little family. Thank you to all who have taught, supported, nurtured and protected my daughter. I am so very grateful.”

Parent of Year 7 student
“I would just like to say I was very impressed at parents evening last night, how well organised everything was and well planned. I thought all the teachers I saw were very professional, friendly, welcoming and had some lovely individual comments to say about my child. I appreciate all the hard work and patience that goes into being a teacher and it has not gone unnoticed.”

Former student Mark, left 2022
“Magnus provided me with the skills necessary to excel at university and in the workplace. Staff, across the academy, consistently went out of their way to ensure that I received the necessary support throughout my studies. Magnus is also a caring environment with a friendly atmosphere that allows students to push on to jobs, apprenticeships and university.”

We have two key email addresses that parents (and students) can use, if they would like to get in contact with the Academy. whichc should be used for any feedback for the Academy. which can be used if you have any concerns about a student at the academy and can be used to report bullying.

Drop in for a tour!

No need to book, just call in for a tour!
Now that school places have been offered for next year we would like to remind those who have been offered a place at Magnus Church of England Academy for September 2023 to come and see our school in action. We have an open door policy.
You are welcome to drop in at any time, on any day, between school hours, and someone will show you around. It’s a great way to see what the school is really like day to day.
Alternativeley, if yo uwould like to book in a tour, please contact us on 01636 680066 or