Barton Hill Academy students triumph in national awards

Torbay Weekly

Children from a Torquay primary school are celebrating their success in a national awards event.

Pupils at Barton Hill Academy triumphed in the poetry and music categories of the Festival of Remarkable Lives ceremony.

The event is run by Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), one of the largest academy trusts in the country, with 58 primary, secondary and special schools.

Around 33,000 young people from across AET’s family of schools were eligible for the awards.

Esmae Muir submitted ‘Covid-19’. Judges were impressed with the imagination shown in the piece, the great imagery and use of message.

The judges said the submission was technically clever and conveyed a range of emotion.

Pupils from a range of year groups submitted ‘Memories of Lockdown’. The prize was judged on performance and presentation.

Judges were impressed with the structure of the song and the composition flowed well.

It was an original piece capturing what the children experienced in lockdown which the children performed masterfully.

The festival, recognising all aspects of what it means to be 'remarkable', is designed to celebrate the previous year’s achievements and is integral to the trust’s ethos of inspiring students to live a 'remarkable life'.

The competition winners were announced by Sam and Mark from CBBC on a live streamed show.

Christopher Taylor, headteacher at Barton Hill, said: “As we end a remarkable year, I couldn't be more proud of our children winning accolades within the area of music, poetry and sports.

"To be shortlisted for art was also an incredible achievement.

"We teach the children of Barton HIll Academy that they can influence change, that their voice should be heard on the world stage and that their potential knows no bounds.

“The festival showed our pupils that these are not just words, but the catalyst for them to have the confidence to lead a remarkable life. A truly incredible event!”

Rebecca Boomer-Clark, chief executive of AET, said: “It is fantastic to see all of the talent and imagination we have in our schools across AET - huge congratulations to all of our winners today, including pupils from Barton Hill.

"The Remarkable Lives Festival is the culmination of the school year and gives us a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the diversity of talent we have in our schools.

“All children - and especially those from disadvantaged communities - deserve a rich education which is ambitious and sets them up for adult life. That belief is at the heart of the Remarkable Lives festival, and I am excited to see how we can carry this momentum into a new school year after the summer break.”