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Kroto Awards Evening

Families were invited to share students’ success stories at the Kroto awards evening this week.

The Academy’s Kroto and Sigma programme was established to offer additional opportunities and challenges for students who either scored well in Key Stage 2 tests for reading and maths, or who have been identified by staff as having higher ability, in order to help them reach their full potential.

As well as assemblies in school to celebrate the efforts of our high-achieving students, an awards evening is held to ensure families are involved and on Tuesday, an audience of more than 100 watched as certificates were handed out to students.

Prizes were also awarded to the top three students in each year who, on average, made the most progress in all their subjects.

Kroto and Sigma Programme Leader Liz Taylor said: “It was a lovely evening and great to see so many families in attendance. That was the point - we have done a number of celebratory assemblies in school so I really wanted to do something to involve parents and families.

“The word I kept repeating was amazing, because these students are amazing. It’s about giving them that self-belief and confidence.”

Staff were asked to nominate students for prizes and comments from teachers included:

For Justyna Kakskyte - “Diligent, mature approach to work resulting in exceptional results in unit tests.”

More than 200 students are involved in the Kroto programme, named after Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold Kroto, who was born to refugee parents in Wisbech in 1939. Sir Harold shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of fullerenes, also referred to as ‘bucky-balls’.

Taking inspiration from Sir Harold, the Academy is determined that students should reach their potential and along with trips to the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the Globe Theatre, there have been a number of special events and assemblies covering topics such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), time management and applying for university.

This week’s Kroto activity was an assembly based on the theme of resilience, where students heard the life stories of public figures including Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker who was born without arms and legs.