DRET students make their mark in Trust-wide art competition

Two Thomas Middlecott Academy students are celebrating after scooping first prizes in the annual DRET Art and Photography Competitions. 


The competition, open to all primary and secondary academies within the Trust, allowed imaginative students to submit entries across a number of different categories including  art, design, photography and short stories.


Impressive first place prizes included a professional sketching kit, arts and crafts sets, digital cameras and book vouchers, allowing students to further develop their artistic talents.


Hanna Kazmierczak was awarded first place for her beautiful painting which represented ‘grabbing a morning coffee’, while Abby Hunt won top prize for her image of a padlock depicting how a small crack can display resilience.


The worthy winners of each category include:



  • Foundation Stage: Callista, Fairfield Academy
  • Key Stage 1: Jasmine, Greenfields Primary School
  • Key Stage 2: Aisha, Cedar Road Primary School
  • Key Stage 3: Shannon, Charles Read Academy
  • Key Stage 4: Hanna, Thomas Middlecott Academy
  • Key Stage 5: Kaila, Lodge Park Academy 

Photography (secondary academies only)

  • Key Stage 3: Colin, Charnwood College
  • Key Stage 4: Abby, Thomas Middlecott Academy (pictured)
  • Key Stage 5 Joint Winners: Chloe, Lodge Park Academy and Arm, Lodge Park Academy
  • Design (primary academies only)
  • Key Stage 1 Joint Winners: Maisey, Edward Heneage Primary Academy and Poppy, Endike Academy
  • Key Stage 2: George & Olivia, Fairfield Academy
  • Short Story 
  • Primary: Kenzie, Edward Heneage Primary Academy
  • Secondary: Jobe, Humberston Academy


This annual competition is one of the many enrichment opportunities available across the Trust to encourage students to explore new things, develop their passions and discover their talents.


Richard Williams, Director of Academic Studies, said: “It is extremely satisfying to see so many of our students giving the competition so much time and energy, they have produced such fabulous pieces of artwork.


“We saw a fantastic range of entries this year, using a wide variety of techniques.


“Our academies clearly host a talented group of young people and competitions like this encourage them to express their creativity in new ways.


“Many congratulations to all the winners for their impressive pieces, the judges had a very tough decision to make!”