School picks up Challenge Award

A Norfolk high school yesterday became the first in East Anglia to be given a prestigious award for catering for gifted students.

A Norfolk high school yesterday became the first in East Anglia to be given a prestigious award for catering for gifted students.

Pupils from Attleborough High School travelled to London to give a presentation to and pick up the Challenge Award from education minister Lord Adonis.

The school became one of 17 in the UK to receive the award, with inspectors praising its "gifted and talented" scheme.

In recent years a new AS-level in critical thinking has been introduced, about 100 students have been admitted into the National Academy for Talented Youth, and each pupil gets a planner featuring guidelines on how to achieve A*s and As at GCSE.

Hannah Blackman, 16, who collected the award yesterday with 15-year-old Andrew Emerson, said: "Before this initiative, other students would make fun of those who achieved high grades or were willing to answer questions in class.

"Now the environment in the school has changed. It is okay to want to achieve."