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AGS student becomes Tropical World Ambassador

 Thomas Ambassador Thomas Paddy, Year 7 student at Allerton Grange School, has beaten off stiff competition to become Tropical World’s first ever Young Brand Ambassador. Knowing his keen interest in animals and the natural world, his aunt sneakily nominated him for the role after seeing it advertised. Friends and family supported the application, and Thomas was picked as the winner out of the final four candidates.

As part of his new role, Thomas has attended two Keeper Days at Lotherton Hall and one at Tropical World, where he was able to enter enclosures with members of staff to care for the animals. His highlights included working with the meerkat mob - one even climbed on his shoulder! - and feeding the penguins. He got the chance to see capybaras, the world’s largest rodent, and a tapir happily rolled over for a tummy rub during one close encounter.

Thomas has been working hard to promote Tropical World to the local community and has been interviewed by local radio stations and Made In Leeds TV. His passion for animals is clear, helping to inspire other young people to take an interest in looking after our special friends, as well as raising awareness of those who are close to extinction.

The Tropical World team said, “Thomas was fantastic with the animals and had a huge amount of knowledge. It’s clear he is going to be a brilliant Tropical World representative. We look forward to getting him involved in all aspects of the business and hope this provides a stepping-stone for a future career with animals.”

Mr Roper, Headteacher of Allerton Grange, said, “We are extremely proud of Thomas in becoming Tropical World’s first Young Brand Ambassador. We take pride in developing our students to become active citizens in the community, and are so pleased that he has this fantastic opportunity to use all of his passion and knowledge to help others.”

In the future, Thomas hopes to go to Australia to study their huge variety of native wildlife, and from there into a career working with animals, either directly or for a charity working to protect endangered species. He’s currently got his sights set on a CEO vacancy for a charity specialising in tapir conservation!

Well done Thomas from everyone at Allerton Grange.

"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Driven leadership, confident pupils. Staff friendly and open to discussing subjects and needs of my child”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"So pleased that both my children are at a school, where the performing arts (and other arts) are such a priority."
- Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Thank you for making my daughter's first year with you such a good one. We are impressed with how she has settled in and grown as a person throughout the year"
- Year 7 Parent
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
“It was good to speak to his form tutor and hear about what is happening in class”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018