Newcastle celebrates school achievement awards

Pupils Angel and Samuel from St Cuthberts Primary School
Pupils Angel and Samuel from St Cuthberts Primary School

The annual Newcastle Student Achievement Awards will be held this week to celebrate the achievements of 53 children and young people from Newcastle.

Children from across the city are celebrated for both their personal and academic achievements including successes in sports and organising fundraising events.

Nominated students come from a range of Newcastle schools including Walbottle Campus, Atkinson Road Primary School and Walkergate Community School.

Reasons for nominations include overcoming challenges such as language barriers and learning difficulties and for completing excellent academic work including achieving high grades and showing great improvement.

Lauren Head, a student from Walbottle Campus, is being awarded for her dedication to extracurricular opportunities including leading on the M-Card project that aimed to end period poverty in Newcastle and Barnardo’s Young Carers projects. As a young carer herself she understands the challenges faced by many young people.

As a house captain and school councillor at Westerhope Primary School, Ben Heslop has overcome his dyslexia and helped to produce a pamphlet on the condition for the school’s teachers. He will receive an award for his involvement in every aspect of school life.

Cllr Nora Casey, cabinet member for children, education and skills, said: “The awards highlight the amazing achievements of children and young people across the city and allow us to celebrate their hard work.

“It is great to see the success of our students, not just academically but in terms of self-development and their determination to do well beyond their studies and make a positive contribution to life in Newcastle.

“These students have really excelled and are a credit to Newcastle. However, it’s important to remember that many more children in the city also go above and beyond at school and in their communities.”

The 14th annual awards will see over 200 pupils, staff, parents, relatives, carers and local authority officers gather at Newcastle Civic Centre on Thursday, March 21. The awards are funded by Newcastle Schools and the city council.

Young people are nominated for these awards by their school and will all receive a certificate and gift card.