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Tom Honoured At Council Meeting

A student who was the first in the county to achieve gold through the Children’s University was praised by councillors who handed over the award.

Tom Woodward had to take part in 100 hours of after-school activities to achieve gold and he was invited to a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council at County Hall today (Thursday, March 17th) so he could be given his certificate personally by councillors.

The Year 9 student, who created a global warming animation and is carving a totem pole as part of his Session 4 activities, has already got his eye on the top prize - a 'doctorate' award once 1,000 hours have been completed.

Tom said: "I felt special when I got my award and I did feel proud of myself. It shows other young people what they could do.

"I think it will take me 3 years to get the doctorate so I'll be staying after school a bit more.

"I have learnt lots of new things by joining different clubs, especially practical skills like woodcarving."

CBA had the highest number of students graduating from the Children's University programme last summer.

Assistant Vice Principal Kirsty Farrar said: "One of the reasons the structure of the Children's University is being changed is because of how quickly young people are going through it - and Tom is leading them.

"It just shows that students are striving to achieve and Tom being the first will hopefully lead the way for lots more achieving gold."