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An innovative partnership that has seen Newmarket Academy team up with the local racing community has been shortlisted in the TES School Awards.

The Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project was launched to expand the aspiration and ambition of every student in the school by promoting the various career pathways offered within the racing industry.

The project has now been recognised in the final eight of the Community and Collaboration category at the top national awards.

Nick Froy, headteacher, said: “Newmarket Academy is honoured and privileged to be shortlisted for this award.

“We have always been very proud of the school’s close links with its local community – something we feel benefits all.

“The Godolphin Beacon Project is a prime example of this. It has provided our students with an enormous range of opportunities including leadership development, curriculum enhancement and career aspirations.

“The school is committed to working in collaboration with our local community to continue supporting the transformation of Newmarket.”

Set up in 2016, the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project is a joint venture between the secondary school, Godolphin, the international thoroughbred horseracing and breeding operation founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the education charity Racing to School.  

The partnership organises around 35 projects every year for students to benefit from.

The winners of the TES School Awards are due to be announced via an online ceremony on Friday 13th November.

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