Pair in running for award

EXTRA MILE: Harry Copsey, 14, from Stour Valley Community School, Clare, is pictured with deputy headteacher Cath Bank, whi nominated him for the award.
EXTRA MILE: Harry Copsey, 14, from Stour Valley Community School, Clare, is pictured with deputy headteacher Cath Bank, whi nominated him for the award.

TWO TEACHERS have decided to make a good example of their students.

With the closing date for the Sudbury Rotary Young Citizen Award 2012 set for next Friday, teachers from Great Cornard Upper School and Stour Valley Community School have put forward two of their pupils for the annual award, which recognises the work of young people.

Thirteen-year-old Skye Sheppard has “inspired” science teacher Andrew Cameron at Great Cornard school with her fundraising efforts following a family tragedy, and he has nominated her for the prestigious award.

The student has held cake sales, raffles, boot sales and a sponsored balloon release in the centre of Sudbury to raise money for charity.

Mr Cameron said: “Skye joined the school and my tutor group in September and has been a polite, unassuming and friendly individual since day one.

“During middle school she lost her grandad and took it upon herself to begin raising funds for charity. She has already raised £500 for St Nicholas Hospice as a thank you for the care that they gave her grandad, and has begun organising similar activities at the upper school in aid of Cancer Research UK.

“I was personally inspired that someone so young could donated so much of their time for these two worthy causes.”

Harry Copsey, at Stour Valley Community School in Clare, receives the second nomination from his deputy head teacher Cath Bank for “going the extra mile” in all he does.

Harry, 14, joined the school when it opened last September and since then has put “consistent effort” into school life by volunteering to take part in assemblies, supporting new students, putting himself forward for the school council, offering to distribute poppies to students and staff, and delivering Christmas post around the school.

He also contacted a flying doctor charity to find out about its work and promote it to other students.

Mrs Bank said Harry was the first recipient of a prize given to the school by the Clare charity called CLASP, Clare Liaison and Support Project just before Christmas.

“When we were setting up the school we were forging links with the local community and CLASP offered to get involved with sponsoring a prize once a term.

“When it came to nominations for the award, we asked all the members of staff who they would choose, and Harry was selected to receive it. The chair of the charity, Margaret Taylor, came in to present it to Harry.”

Mrs Banks said Harry had a 100 per cent attendance record which reflected “his commitment to his education and to school life”.

She added: “He always goes the extra mile on every occasion, whatever it is. The staff are really impressed by the extra effort he puts into doing things.”

Nominations for this year’s awards, run by the town’s two Rotary Clubs in conjunction with the Free Press and Waitrose, must be received by Friday, January 20. An award ceremony is to be held in February or March.

Forms are available from the Free Press office in Borehamgate Precinct or by emailing