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The Alby Pattison Award

By Ellie Nixon | 11th January 2023

A group of schools across Teesside have launched an annual award in memory of Hart Biologicals founder, Alby Pattison.

Ad Astra Academy Trust unveiled the Alby Pattison Award, as Alby was a former trustee of the Ad Astra Academy Trust. The Alby Pattison award will be awarded every year to a school within the Trust that has excelled in the subjects of arts, sport, or both.

Andy Brown OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Ad Astra Academy Trust, said: “Alby made a significant contribution to the business, education and sporting community across Teesside and the annual award is a great way to remember him. The arts and sport are two things that Alby cared about deeply so it is very fitting that the award reflects these key areas of the curriculum.”

Recently, the Alby Pattison Award was presented to Ayresome Primary School. It was given during the Trust’s Christmas Concert at Billingham Synthonia Social Club for their fantastic contribution to Music last year.

The award is such a wonderful way to honour Alby and all the work that he did for the trust.

About Ad Astra Academy Trust

Ad Astra Academy Trust is based in the North East of England. Ad Astra is proud to have trustees and members who not only have the right combination of skills and experience to govern the Trust effectively but who also have a moral purpose to make a difference to the lives of children that attend schools within Ad Astra and beyond. Ad Astra is a Latin phrase which means ‘to the stars.’ This name was chosen as it encompasses all that the Trust believes; any child or adult working within Ad Astra can be whatever they want to be with our support and direction. (1)

Ad Astra Academy trust offers all schools joining the Trust the opportunity to join a visionary organisation that is committed to mutual reciprocal support for each school within the Trust but also one which is keen to develop new ideas in all aspects of school leadership and management. Ad Astra will not become complacent and will react positively to the changing educational and business landscape to achieve the very best for all stakeholders. (1)

  • A commitment that any decision must ‘ land on the desks of pupils’.. the needs of the children are our priority
  • A culture of openness and honesty
  • A willingness to listen
  • Professional respect
  • A commitment to securing efficient and effective services that achieve value for money (1)