On Thursday, 15th September the Widening Participation Unit hosted an event in the Great Hall, celebrating the success of its Queen’s Academy to date. Representatives from twenty schools across Northern Ireland were present to celebrate the achievements of those who have been involved in both the Junior and Senior Academy programmes.
Following last year’s celebration event, at which sixteen schools were awarded with Queen’s Academy plaques, Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston presented an additional five schools (Dromore High School, Integrated College Dungannon, Omagh High School, St. Colm’s High School and St. Patrick’s College, Bearnageeha) with plaques, signifying the committed partnership between the university and schools in working towards ensuring those who are “most able but least likely” to progress to Higher Education have the opportunity to do so.
The event also celebrated the achievements of 25 Year 11 pupils from Bangor Academy & Sixth Form College, Kilkeel High School, and Malone Integrated College who recently completed a Level 1 qualification in Sports Leadership through the Queen’s Academy Sport Programme. Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston, was there to present the pupils with their awards, and encouraged the young men to continue to work hard to reach their potential.
The occasion was an excellent opportunity to bring together key partners to reflect on the successes of the Queen’s Academy programme to date, and look forward to exciting new initiatives being launched in the year ahead.