Top businesswoman Deborah Meaden, best known for her role on the BBC 2 Dragon’s Den, will congratulate pupils from schools in Exeter by recognising their achievements in school at the annual Excellence in Exeter awards evening on Thursday, November 18.
The celebrations are organised by Exeter University in an awards evening designed to help forge closer links between the university and its local schools and colleges as a way of encouraging young people to engage with higher education. Pupils’ achievements whether academically in sports, the arts and community efforts will be recognised and heralded by the parents, staff and fellow students at the event.
Over 180 young people have been nominated from all five Exeter secondary schools, special schools and Exeter College. Pupils in years 7, 10, 12 and 13 have been nominated by their schools, tying in with each key stage. A community award is also being presented for wider school based projects that have a direct benefit to the local community.
Emma Stephenson, outreach manager at Exeter University told the Devon Week: “We are delighted to be hosting the annual awards ceremony in recognition that education is a good thing and that excellence is something which we should be proud of. By working in partnership the university hopes to contribute to this message and encourage young people to keep on learning.”
Exeter Cathedral will be the venue for this event, where the audience of teachers, community representatives and proud families will celebrate the pupils achievements and be entertained by drama, music and dance created by the young people from all the schools. Each young person will receive a certificate and an Excellence in Exeter pin to wear on their uniform in the graduation style ceremony.
The Excellence in Exeter awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 18 November in the Exeter Cathedral from 7pm to 9.pm.
The schools involved are: Southbrook College – A specialist centre for cognition & learning; West Exe Technology College, St Thomas; St Luke’s Science and Sports College; Isca College of Media Arts, Topsham Road; St Peter’s Church of England Aided School; St James School, Beacon Heath; Exeter College; and The West of England School and College for young people with little or no sight.
(from a press release)