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Student Is First In Northants to Achieve Children’s University Gold Award

A student who dedicated more than 100 hours to after-school clubs as part of the Children’s University scheme is the first student in Northamptonshire to achieve the Gold Award.

Tom Woodward, who is in Year 9, was close to striking gold in just his first year on the programme and within months of the new school year, he'd racked up enough hours to receive the top award.

Thanks to CBA's extensive after-school programme, he attends a club virtually every night and is a member of two DT clubs, an art club and badminton group.

To achieve gold, he had to dedicate 100 hours to activities accredited by the Children's University.

He's already achieved silver last year and 'graduated' in the summer along with 85 other CBA students - the highest number in the county.

Nikki Taylor, the manager of Northamptonshire Children's University, congratulated Tom on his efforts, saying: "Northamptonshire Children's University is delighted that the first student in the county to achieve a Gold award is Tom Woodward. 
"I hope that Tom is proud of this wonderful achievement.  His dedication to supporting his learning journey by participating in extra-curricular activities is of great credit to him, his school and his parents.
"This is also a wonderful achievement for Corby Business Academy.  Congratulations to you all."

Tom is a keen artist whose work can be seen around the Academy and he is currently carving a totem pole.

He said: "Being part of the programme has taught me lots of different things. I have learnt how to work properly with different materials and generally got better at what I do.
"The Children's University gives you something to work for and gives you great satisfaction when you achieve silver or gold."

The Children's University is once again being launched at CBA and Kirsty Farrar, Head of Raising Aspirations, said Tom is an inspiration to other students.

She said: "Tom has proved just what you can achieve by joining the programme and trying new things.

"We are so proud of him and all his hard work and dedication has paid off.

"We have a very varied programme of credited after-school activities so there is something for everyone - we'd love to see even more students getting gold."