The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme recognises outstanding young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex, and now KSA is a part of it!

Who is Jack Petchey?

He was born into a working class family in the East End in 1925, left school at 13 and then joined the Navy in 1943. After leaving the Navy, he began working as a clerk for a solicitor’s firm. He applied for management training but was told he would never make a businessman.

Sir Jack always says: If you think you can, you can!

Instead of giving up, Sir Jack used the £39 he was given from the Navy to buy a second hand car and started a taxi business. Through hard work, he proved them wrong and built a multi-million-pound empire.

Sir Jack’s experiences led to his passion to increase young peoples’ aspirations by rewarding their achievements.

What does the recipient of each award win?

The recipient of each month’s award will win:

  • A framed certificate
  • £300 grant money to be spent in school
  • A pin badge
  • A letter of congratulations from Jack Petchey
  • A medal
  • An invitation to the yearly Westminster Award Ceremony
  • Your name on the roll of honour

Who can be nominated?

It is not about the fastest, the smartest or being the best. The award is designed to recognise outstanding individual achievements.

These achievements can include:

  • Helping others over and above expectations
  • Being a good role model/mentor
  • Showing bravery
  • Overcoming a personal challenge
  • Volunteering
  • Trying really hard
  • Breaking through a personal barrier

Parents, teachers, students and members of the local community are encouraged to submit nominations via this form: Microsoft Forms