Pupils attend university graduation ceremony

Residents / 03 Aug 2018

Pupils at Ormiston Meadows Academy in Peterborough attended a special university graduation ceremony, after successfully completing a charity initiative aimed at broadening horizons.

Twelve year five pupils from the school, which is part of the Orimston Academies Trust, were chosen to attend the prestigious Gonville and Caius Universities back in March for the launch of 'The Brilliant Club' programme.

The Brilliant Club is a charity which works to widen young people’s access to university by placing PhD candidates in schools to mentor students and has been working in partnership with the academy to broaden pupil’s horizons and raise aspirations.

During the summer term the group enjoyed weekly visits from their PhD tutor learning essential study skills in preparation for completion of a final 1,000 word essay.

The programme culminated in July with a graduation ceremony at Nottingham University, where parents and school staff celebrated their successful completion of the programme, with three pupils gaining 1st class honours.

Jean Watt, Principal, at the academy, said: “At Ormiston Meadows Academy, as with all academies within Ormiston Academies Trust, our vision and aims are to ensure children are given the best life chances possible.

“Working with the Brilliant Club provides us with more opportunities to stretch and challenge our most able pupils and inspire them so they have the best chance to reach their full potential.”