The Thomas award, for Perseverance and Grit is a special award for Sixth Form students sponsored by Mr & Mrs Thomas, past teachers of the academy who were here at its foundation in 2009. This year the Thomas Award is presented to a student who has shown an incredible ethic to do well in all aspects of academy life. Josie, despite the challenges she has faced over the last year, has worked with dedication, but even more importantly has shown great humility, kindness and love to everyone she meets. Josie has already made a huge impact on the Sixth Form. Her care for others has been exceptional, and she is a guiding light and inspiration not only for her family but for the academy as a whole. Congratulations on achieving this award.