Newark Academy Recognises Council’s Work During the Pandemic

Posted on: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

As the new term starts and many students face the challenges of moving up a year, Newark and Sherwood District Council want to take the opportunity to say thank you to the year 8 pupils at Newark Academy who took time out last term to send in their thoughts on the pandemic and how the Council has responded.

Ranging from messages thanking the Council for helping residents through the pandemic to recognition the sports facilities and keeping the District clean.

“It’s wonderful to get recognition from our residents, but it’s particularly touching to hear from our younger ones.” Commented David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

“As a District Council, we’ve seen our roles stretched during the Pandemic, from offering support to local business, guidance on moving through the different stages of lockdown and offering support to our most vulnerable residents through the Humanitarian Assistance Response Team (Hart). So, to get these handwritten notes of thanks has been a real morale boost for all of us here.”

Head of Year 8, Mr Huggard, goes on to explain, "At Newark Academy, we hope to instil our core GREAT values of Gratitude, Responsibility, Excellence, Aspiration and Tenacity within our student body. Year 8 students have thoroughly enjoyed enacting our value of Gratitude and understand the importance it is to recognise the work the council do in the community to make Newark and Sherwood a great community to be part of."

“Everyone at Newark and Sherwood District Council wish the students in our district the best of luck as the new term starts and thank you for your messages of support for us.” David Lloyd continues, “in turn I would personally like to thank all the staff, volunteers and community groups who have helped us to get to this point. Even though the restrictions have now been lifted, the challenges continue as we all learn to live with COVID-19, but we all hope that the future is looking brighter.”

If you, or someone you know, is struggling there’s help available. Newark and Sherwood District Council can point you in the direction of local groups and volunteers or offer financial support if you have to self-isolate. For details visit