Students and parents from high schools all over the city gathered at the University of Sheffield this week to collect their Achievement Awards.
The ceremonies took place in both Firth Hall and the Octagon centre on the university’s campus and welcomed guest speakers including Matthew Norton founder of the Memusi Foundation, Microstart Foundation and a board member of HappyDays Homeless charity.
There were opening performances from the University’s Samba Band and the Acapella and Beatbox society.
The Achievement Awards are part of the University of Sheffield’s two-year outreach program. Students are set targets including achieving 95% attendance and punctuality, attending a work experience placement, and attending a post 16 event at a sixth form or a college.
Certificates, signed by the Vice-President of Education at the university, were presented to reward the effort and commitment to the program over the past two years. There were over 1000 pupils who achieved the award this year.
There are currently 14 schools involved in the program and teachers from each school praised all students who had achieved their awards. They also chose two pupils to receive an ‘Achiever of the Year’ award which saw them take away an Amazon fire tablet courtesy of the Lloyds Scholars program, a higher education initiative setup by Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with the University.
Peter Goodliffe, the Outreach coordinator for the Achievement Awards said: “It’s a chance to recognize those students that might otherwise just go about doing the right things but might not necessarily get recognized for it.”
The Achievement Awards program allows students in years 10 and 11 to gather the skills needed to progress successfully into sixth forms and colleges or apprenticeships and training and eventually into their chosen careers.