Iqra is in the running for top national award

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Iqra Shah, a student of Frederick Gent School in South Normanton, has been named the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year for the East Midlands.

The awards recognise the efforts of students and teachers during 2012 and have two categories: Student of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

They celebrate the successful way UK secondary schools are using Sky Sports Living for Sport, a free initiative to inspire young people through sport.

Iqra stood out as a clear winner because, while previously disruptive in lessons, she showed a fantastic improvement in her leadership skills and commitment to achieving goals by the end of the Sky Sport Living for Sport project.

She was always on hand to inspire the group and persevered when things didn’t go according to plan as she was determined to raise as much money as possible for charity.

As a result of her improved attitude, Iqra’s attainment and effort grades have noticeably risen and she has a much more positive outlook on school life.

Her organisational skills have greatly improved and teachers were able to rely on her to create action plans for the charity event and ensure they were carried out successfully.

Joining 11 other regional finalists from across the UK, Iqra has been invited to attend the national awards ceremony in London on March 15, where Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Darren Campbell will be the presenter.