Over the 2016-17 academic year, City Academy has had the honour of working alongside the Villiers Park Educational Trust and the University of East Anglia to deliver the Norfolk Scholars Programme. The Norfolk Scholars Programme is an initiative designed to encourage high-achieving students with outstanding potential to apply to distinguished universities and to aim higher in their post-sixteen education plans.
The Norfolk Scholars Programme involves university masterclasses delivered at the UEA, individualised mentoring sessions with participating students, and residential visits to Villiers Park, located just outside Cambridge. In the 2016/2017 academic year, students had the opportunity to visit Corpus Christi College in the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Computing History, a multi-day residential where Year 10 students were tasked with establishing a university of their own, a Year 11 residential where students had to decrypt complex ciphers, and masterclasses in advanced topics (such as philosophy and law) that students might wish to consider studying in the future.
At the end of June, our Year 10 and 11 scholars were invited to a celebration event at the University of East Anglia to recognise the effort and progress they have made over the course of the year. Stephanie Busuego (Year 10) was a finalist for the ‘Mike Bake Scholar of the Year’ award, and received a certificate from David Fullman (Lord Mayor of Norwich) and Richard Gould (Chief Executive of Villiers Park), to recognise her ‘exemplary attainment, attitude, manners, contribution, attendance and progress’. Eliza Slowinska, Andrew Afriyie, Isobel Betts and Lucius Jones also all received certificates recognising their achievements over the course of the year. All students have engaged brilliantly with the programme, and can be extremely proud of their performance and the progress they have made.