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TCA heroes lead partnership schools event

Year 11 students played a key role in a ground breaking project to raise the aspirations of Fenland young people.

The group of 12 students took the reins at the day long workshop at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, which involved Year 9 students from TCA, Neale-Wade Academy, Sir Harry Smith Community College and Cromwell Community College.

The older students used what they have learned as part of the academy’s involvement with social enterprise company Humanutopia to inspire the Year 9s to make positive changes to improve their school lives and future life chances.

TCA has been involved with Humanutopia for the past two years and the impact that it has had on behaviour and the aspirations of many students, has led to it now being embraced by the Fenland Schools Partnership.

Year 11 student Ciaran Lethbridge who has become a Humanutopia Hero, helped run the event on Tuesday, February 24th.

He said: “Being involved with Humanutopia has really helped me, as I have gained a lot of confidence. It has taught me to assert myself more, as this was holding me back.

“Helping to run the workshop took me out of my comfort zone but now that I have done it, I realise that I have the confidence to do things I thought I couldn’t.

“I think that the impact of Humanutopia at TCA has made the school community closer and behaviour has improved.”

As part of the day, the Year 11 students took the lead in a number of group sessions. They shared their own experiences with the younger students and encouraged them to ask questions about themselves.

TCA Year 9 student Morgan Vincent took part in day.

She said: “The Humanutopia experience has made me look at my own behaviour and decide to make a change. Immediately I have decided to behave better a school and at home, as I realise that it is in my hands to do well at school.”

TCA Teacher Sarah Loosemore, said: “This is the academy’s third year of involvement with Humanutopia and it has been a real success. The whole essence of Human Utopia is about tapping into the potential that every student has within them. Each student can benefit in their own way from the Human Utopia experience, whether it be to increase their confidence or to turn around negative behaviour.”

A future event will see the Year 9 students working with students from local primary schools.