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The academy features on the Lorraine Kelly Show

This morning Jake Quickenden burst into an assembly at The Axholme Academy to surprise English teacher Carl Thompson and present him with a Kelly’s Hero’s award live on ITV at the start of Lorraine Kelly’s Morning Show. 




The surprise had been kept a secret for weeks as the school worked with the show to make the event happen.

Carl was chosen by Lorraine to receive the award because in July he was on a coach full of children from The Axholme Academy who were travelling to Alton Towers for an end of term visit. The driver became unconscious at the wheel and Carl aided by the teaching assistants Steph Parkinson & Di Nunns managed to get into the driver’s seat and steer it off the motorway around a roundabout and onto a dual carriageway before managing to stop it. The coach had veered across all three lanes of the motorway and struck the central reservation during the incident. All staff and students on the coach survived the accident without injury thanks to his amazing quick thinking. The coach driver later recovered from his ill health.

Principal, Joe Sellars, said ‘Carl and our students had a fantastic morning appearing on live TV and receiving a really well deserved award for being a hero. Jake was a real star as he burst into an assembly we had planned about hero’s and took everyone by complete surprise. This was all broadcast live at 8.45am and was followed up on the show with extra footage and interviews. It has been a nightmare keeping the secret and planning the event but it was very worthwhile!’

Jake Quickenden was swamped by children at the school and spent most of the morning talking to students and staff, taking selfies and even performing two songs in the music department before departing with an invitation to come back soon.


The show is available on ITV Player