03 July 2024

Partner, Volunteer and School Recognition Awards 2024

Celebrating our corporate partners, volunteers and school partners

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On Tuesday 2 July, we were excited to host our Partner, Volunteer and School Recognition Awards in London. This is our annual celebration of our volunteers’ individual and collective achievements, and it's a real highlight of the Chapter One calendar - a fantastic opportunity to hear from and celebrate our school partners and teachers.

We are enormously grateful to Salesforce - one of our Silver Partners - for hosting the event.

Chapter One's CEO, Emma Bell said: “We deeply appreciate the dedication and commitment of all of our corporate partners, volunteers and schools and are looking forward to celebrating all of their achievements. Huge congratulations to those shortlisted and to our winners!”

The award shortlists and winners

Outstanding Volunteer Award 2023-24 (reading with one child)

Winner: Kate Foster, Ashurst - more than 26 hours reading with her pupil who attends one of our schools in Bradford

Shortlisted (in order of reading hours):
Angela Majorek, NCR
Zachary Robertson, Ocado
Trudi Woodier, Vanquis Banking Group
David Hosken, Sir Robert McAlpine

Outstanding Volunteer Award 2023-24 (supporting more than one child/home child)

Winner: Kym Arthur, KPMG (reads with 3 children!)

Shortlisted (in order of reading hours):
Zoe Parkes, Marsh
Adam Bullock, Deloitte
Steve Horsley, Daisy Corporate Services
Brendon McCabe, Salesforce

Reading Commitment Award 2023-24

Winner: Daisy Corporate Services & NVIDIA - both had the highest number of average sessions per volunteer (26.4)

Shortlisted (in order of number of average sessions per volunteer):
Tribal Group

Volunteer Growth Award 2023-24

Winner: Heidelberg Materials UK - grew their commitment to Chapter One by a fantastic 663% - from 8 to 61 volunteers - supporting children all over the country

Shortlisted (in order of highest % increase in volunteer numbers since last year):
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
Clyde & Co
Sir Robert McAlpine

Outstanding Teacher Award 2023-24

Winner: David Taylor, Horton Grange Primary School, Bradford

Lisa Hilton, Drayton Park Primary School, London
Gemma Woods, Hill Top Primary Academy, Doncaster
Heidi Brodie, Leighton Primary School, Peterborough
Caroline Marsh, Maryland Primary School, London

Outstanding School Award 2023-24

Winner: St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, West Cumbria

Shortlisted (in order of call % success rate for school):

Pebsham Primary Academy, East Sussex
Distington Community School, West Cumbria
Roselands Infant School, East Sussex
Five Ashes Church of England Primary School, East Sussex

Above and Beyond Award

Joint winners: Deloitte & Doncaster Schools, 150 laptops donated & Sir Robert McAlpine & Thornhill Primary School, London, two classes learning about civil engineering and construction

GRAHAM Group & Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Middlesbrough, transformation funded for classroom
Factset & Prior Weston Primary School, London,
field trip to a corporate office
Reed Smith & Southern Road Primary School, London,
in-person reading volunteers for older pupils
Jacobs & West Cumbria Schools, book drive (900 books to Cumbria) & Janus Henderson & Islington Schools, annual book giving tradition

Special Recognition Award

Winner: Sellafield Ltd, PPP at Sellafield and Supply Chain

Children’s Voice Award

Winner: Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

It all starts with literacy.