Students wow in new videos
Published on 20/06/17
Five students from across the Inspiration Trust tell their amazing stories in a new series of videos.
The videos showcase just a small selection of young people from the Trust's 13 academies in Norfolk and north Suffolk, but each one highlights a unique set of talents.
While known for high academic standards - and named the top schools group in the country for student progress to GCSE last year - the Trust also encourages students to experience a wide range of music, sport, and community activities outside of lessons.
Chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "We quite rightly put a high premium on academic standards, and it is crucial that young people get the knowledge at school that they need to really succeed when they move on to university and work.
"That is only part of the story though, as to really bring out the best in our young people we also need to ensure they can put that knowledge to creative use, to enjoy themselves, and give back to their communities.
"That's why from the very beginning we have encouraged an 'extended day' in our schools that offers experiences beyond the classroom, that inspires students and helps them see beyond their everyday horizons.
"All of the young people in these videos are fantastic role models, and the five clips show just the tip of the great things that are going on in our schools. It's wonderful to be able to bring a taste of that to a wider audience."
Lilly at Norwich Primary Academy
Lilly is one of our most inspiring young people. Moved by the plight of Syrian refugees, Lilly didn't just sit back - she got together with her family and hatched a plan to help.
With the support of Norwich Primary Academy to put together goodie bags and other support, Lilly travelled to refugee camps in Greece to help the relief effort first hand.
As well as her amazing charity work, Lilly is a promising musician and actor and enjoys taking part in acting classes at Norwich's Maddermarket Theatre.
Harley at Thetford Academy
When Harley joined Thetford Academy he was quiet and withdrawn, and found it difficult to get on with his studies.
But staff at the academy saw something special, and encouraged him to try a range of sports activities. WIth their help and Harley's own indefatigable determination he built up his peformance to become one of the best runners in the region, as well as branching out into American football and other sports.
Taking advantage of the academy's sports leadership programme he also gained confidence off the field and is now on the school's most well known and active students.
Kyle at The Hewett Academy, Norwich
While Kyle has great natural skill as a dancer, he is the first to give thanks for the support he has received from staff at The Hewett Academy, and the chance to use both its dedicated dance studio and theatre.
With the help of staff to hone his skills, Kyle has not only boosted his own peformance but organised and choreographed shows for fellow students, entertaining the local community and raising funds for charity.
Molly at Jane Austen College, Norwich
At first glance Molly might seem unassuming - but in reality she is a creative and community powerhouse.
She is a regular performer in Jane Austen's lunchtime music concerts, playing guitar and singing, and has been a leading light in the college's drama and musical productions.
When not performing or practising, Molly has led a number of fundraising initiatives at the college and taken part in its community work across Norwich.
Patrick at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Norwich
As one of the county's top performing sixth forms Sir Isaac is used to high achievers, but Patrick is in a class of his own when it comes to karate.
Alongside his studies Patrick has risen to become one of the best martial arts performers of his age, ranked first in Europe and second in the world.
While his sport has taken him to competitions in Poland and Serbia, the staff and fellow students at Sir Isaac help keep him on track in his studies.