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JMA nominated for 'School of the Year' at the Pride of Reading Awards

JMA has been nominated for the coveted 'School of the Year' trophy at the Pride of Reading Awards after being put forward by one of its proud teachers, Tommy Robinson.

Tommy Robinson, Head of Creative and Performing Arts put forward the nomination saying; "I'm aware that I work here, and that my view is somewhat biased as a result, however, I do believe that JMA is the best school in Reading".

"We are known for our sports - it is JMA after all: we are national champions for basketball, women's football and men's football; we excel at gymnastics; and the community outreach to our primary schools is unprecedented."

"Our performing arts are outstanding. We have won Choir of the Year for two years in a row; we are winners of Reading 'Pick of the Fringe'; we represented Reading in Dusseldorf for the 70th anniversary [of the town twinning]; [and held] over 30 public shows a year, partnering with Reading Buses, Reading Borough Council, Reading Year of Culture and Reading between the Lines."

"Outside of these areas our students work with Reading University, Thames Water, Google and many other high profile companies. We give our students every opportunity to succeed, and the truth is, they will."

"Education is more than just a GCSE; it’s an experience for life. It’s a way of learning who you are, and being given the opportunity to make a better you. I truly believe that JMA does this, and way, way, way more."

Laura Ellener, Principal is naturally delighted with this nomination saying; "We are very proud to have been nominated for this award. Our students and staff love contributing to the community and we are becoming recognised as being one of the most exciting places to study and create in Reading. The students at John Madejski Academy are a credit to the school. A number of students go above and beyond to volunteer and participate in enriching activities. Our sporting excellence has been nationally recognised with our alumni playing for prestigious teams such as Barcelona and going on to study at UK and overseas universities. We are a team at John Madejski Academy and we are working towards a shared vision of becoming Reading's best school."