Attleborough Academy students set for year of culture and arts as part of Unesco programme

From left, Attleborough Academy assistant principal Carmina McConnell, young ambassadors programme

From left, Attleborough Academy assistant principal Carmina McConnell, young ambassadors programme assistant Megan Bradbury, sixth formers Emma Seager, Eleanor French and Alice Wells and Writer's Centre programme and learning manager Sophie Scott-Brown. Picture: ATTLEBOROUGH ACADEMY - Credit: Archant

Four young people from Attleborough Academy have joined a select group in a Unesco Young Ambassador's Programme.

The students; Paige Fox, Emma Seager, Eleanor French and Alice Well, are part of a group of just 17 from across the county taking part in the scheme.

They will have the chance to attend a range of cultural events and experience arts and literature-related performance and activities.

The students will receive free training and support to run their own small-scale events, gaining internships and reviewing cultural events around the region.

Carmina McConnell, the school's assistant principal, said: 'We are so excited that students from Attleborough Academy are involved in this project again for the second year running.

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'This is an absolutely unique opportunity: students will be given the chance to develop their writing, meet world class published writers and to engage meaningfully with the region's cultural and literary heritage.'

The students spent a Saturday at the historic Dragon's Hall in Norwich, where the Writer's Centre is based, to begin their training for the programme.

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During the training, Sophie Scott-Brown, the Writer's Centre's participation and learning manager, said the programme had been extended this year to include more industry experience, internships marketing and media.

Ms Scott-Brown said the aim of the programme was to open up the opportunities for people to develop their writing at an early age and to nurture a culture of freethinking and generating creative ideas.

She said the programme sought to help young writers pursue their dreams, because: 'if you can't dream now at this age, when can you?'

Ms Scott-Brown went on to say that this year, there was also greater focus on involving more young people in the adult committees that shaped the arts.

She said: 'They have to be in these committees, they have to have a say, otherwise the divide becomes too wide'.

Is there something interesting happening at your school? Email education correspondent Lauren Cope at or south Norfolk reporter Stuart Anderson at

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