Keighley school friends receive top accolade for community links

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Representatives of the Friends of Phoenix Special School receive their award fromTV presenters David and Carrie Grant Representatives of the Friends of Phoenix Special School receive their award fromTV presenters David and Carrie Grant

A KEIGHLEY school friends group is top of the class.

The Friends of Phoenix Special School have won the 'community links' category of the national PTA-UK Gold Star Awards.

The group received its award at a glittering ceremony in London fromTV presenters David and Carrie Grant and Jonny Mitchell, star of the hit Channel 4 series Educating Yorkshire.

It was presented with a £1,000 cheque, in addition to the £500 each finalist received.

The award, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance Ltd, is in recognition of the friends' work engaging with the community.

Judges said a 'stay and play' scheme launched at the school by the group, offering holiday activities to youngsters, had proved successful.

Jason Patefield, community co-ordinator at the school, said: “We are thrilled. It means so much to us and makes all the hard work worthwhile."

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