Brayden rewarded for never missing a day at Thetford Academy


For many students, dragging themselves out of bed and into the classroom can be the toughest challenge of the day.

But not Thetford Academy student Brayden Weibel-Seckley.

The 16-year-old started at the school in 2010, first attending its South site, before moving to the current Croxton Road site when the school was transformed in 2013.

And despite the cold mornings and warm bed that can keep many a teenager from school, when Brayden attended his last day at the academy on June 22, it meant he had never missed a day since joining.

He said the friends he had made and his enjoyment of lessons had made him so eager to attend school.

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'I really liked the teachers and they were always pushing us to make sure we did our best.

'When I first went there, my grades were low, but I wanted to be in that environment all the time, and to see my friends,' he said.

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A positive attitude and staying active had also helped him stave off illness, he added.

A former Queensway Infant School pupil, he admitted his previous attendance was 'poor'.

He was rewarded for his improvement with an award from the academy - making him the first student in Thetford in a decade to pick up such a prize for perfect attendance.

Brayden's dedication seems to have paid off, with the teenager saying his grades had picked up and that he was happy with how his recent GCSE exams had gone.

He has already secured himself a place at West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, to study Construction and the Built Environment, with the hope of becoming an architect.

He also used his time at school to act as a charity coordinator, helping to organise fundraising initiatives at the school.

Adrian Ball, Thetford Academy Executive Principal, said Brayden was an example to other students.

'We're really proud of Brayden's achievement, not just his attendance but his approach to his studies overall.

'His is just one example of the great commitment our students have both in and outside the classroom.

'Their efforts have already helped us move from special measures to a Good rating from Ofsted, and we are all working together to ensure Thetford's young people get the very best start in life.'

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