Downham Market school holds graduation

Nelson Academy Year 2 given year-end diplomas. Photos: All graduating children with their teachers, David Pomfret and Duncan Ramsey. ANL-161107-130325001
Nelson Academy Year 2 given year-end diplomas. Photos: All graduating children with their teachers, David Pomfret and Duncan Ramsey. ANL-161107-130325001

Nelson Academy in Downham has been celebrating the outstanding work of pupils with special diplomoa certificate ceremonies.

The event was held on two days last week in the theatre at the College of West Anglia.

The school is part of the CWA Academy Trust and its director of education, Duncan Ramsey addressed the audience of proud parents and guardians, saying: “It’s fantastic to see so many mums and dads here supporting everybody. We hope that you [the children] will work just as hard next year and the year after and that you are really proud of your achievements.”

Students received diploma certificates for achieving the expected or better than expected progress in reading, writing and maths.

The ceremony was a doublecelebration as it was also a chance to celebrate the Year 6 children and say farewell before they head off to high school.

Upon Mr Ramsey asking the Year 2 group what they want to be when they areolder, answers given included a firefighter, a policewoman and a scientist.

Chief executive of the CWA Academy Trust, and Principal of CWA David Pomfret gave out the certificates and said: “At the College of West Anglia, our vision is wanting to change lives through learning, and when you come along toevents like this you can really see that coming to life.”

Addressing the class of 2016 he said: “Your school is doing fantastically well and it’s all because of you. You should be very proud of yourselves and your teachers.”

Principal of Nelson Academy Louise Ward said: “We are pleased to be celebrating your children’s achievements this year with their Nelson Academy Diplomas. Children and staff have all worked so hard and I would like to thank them all for their continued efforts and congratulate them on their continued successes.

“At Nelson Academy we are continuing on our improvement journey with the best results the school has ever had this year, at EYFS, Y1 Phonics, KS1 SATs and KS2 SATs. I continue to be inspired by all at Nelson Academy and could not be prouder today.”

This primary stage academy event was the first of its kind for the CWA Academy Trust and it is hoped the ceremonies will progress further next year.