July 27, 2018
Year 8 students across Northern Education Trust’s (NET’s) portfolio of ten secondary academies have been taking part in graduation ceremonies to celebrate their hard work, effort and commitment during the last academic year.
With a vision of ‘Outcomes Focused, Child Centred’, NET is committed to raising aspiration amongst all the children and young people in its care. With the ceremonies that have taken place, more than 1500 Year 8 students have had their first taste of what it is like to graduate and experience a sense of pride in their achievements.
Mirroring the same type of ceremony that is now taking place in higher education establishments up and down the country, the young people wore caps and gowns and were presented with scrolled certificates by principals and other senior leaders from across the Trust.
Each academy has put its own special stamp on their celebration event to reflect the activities taking place within individual schools. After colour-co-ordinated ceremonies featuring balloons and pennants in the NET purple, students enjoyed refreshments with their parents and carers, creating a series of often emotional as well as highly memorable events for staff and guests alike.
As NET’s chief executive, Rob Tarn, explains, memories such as these will stay with the young people throughout their lives. He said:
“The graduation ceremony is a celebration of hard work, effort and commitment to learning, which all the students have shown throughout the last academic year. There have been many positive changes to school life this year and we have introduced a range of new systems, placing much greater expectations upon all students. They have responded brilliantly, and it has been a delight to watch them grow in confidence and with a sense of pride in their schools.
“Principals and staff across the Trust are to be congratulated for organising these fantastic events to recognise the achievements of every child. I believe that this is the kind of experience our young people and their parents/carers will still be talking about long into the future and it is essential for embedding a sense of aspiration and a feeling that their potential is unlimited at such an important stage in their education as they embark on KS4 studies, the next phase in their journey.”