South Wootton Junior School pupils ‘graduate’ at UEA

South Wootton Primary School year 5/6 pupils at the Brilliant Club Scholars Club graduation ceremony

South Wootton Primary School year 5/6 pupils at the Brilliant Club Scholars Club graduation ceremony, which was held at the UEA in Norwich. Pictured are (from left) Anshuman Gunda, Joseph Russell, Freddie Burt, Finlay Minns, Bailey Garrod, Ivy Brown and Leanna Fitzgerald. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

With tough deadlines, a long, 1,000-word assignment and guidance from their own expert tutor – schoolchildren across the region have been finding out if they are suited to university life when they are older.

And after the essays were submitted and marked, some even had the opportunity to wear gowns and mortarboards on a visit to a university campus for their own 'graduation' ceremony.

Pupils from South Wootton Junior School in King's Lynn were among the schools that travelled to the University of East Anglia to graduate from the scheme, which is co-ordinated by a charity called 'The Brilliant Club'.

Twelve pupils worked with Dr Laura Worsley, a literature expert at the University of Roehampton, in London, to produce an essay on how writers use nature in literature.

Their assignments were graded using university system of a First, a 2.1 or a 2.2.

You may also want to watch:

Malcolm Brockway, a Year 5 teacher said: 'The assignment was certainly a challenge but the pupils really enjoyed the experience.

'They came away inspired and motivated to learn; it boosted their confidence and self-esteem as well.'

Most Read

South Wootton was among 18 other schools from the region which took part.

Steph Hamilton, from The Brilliant Club, said: 'We hope that they have found the experience valuable and enjoyable, and that they are really proud of what they have achieved.'

Is your school working on a special project? Email

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter