Secondary school in Brent is given four pet fish through holistic education scheme

Joshua Machado, 13 , Jamini Bharadawa, 13 (Honour) and Aaron Stevens, 13 (Distinction). Photo: Steve

Joshua Machado, 13 , Jamini Bharadawa, 13 (Honour) and Aaron Stevens, 13 (Distinction). Photo: Steve Foster - Credit: Archant

Kingsbury High School is the new home for Abbie, Dave, Matt and Feathery

Some children bring their teachers apples, but Kingsbury High School have ended up with four pet fish from one student thanks to a new holistic education scheme.

Aaron Stevens was one of the school’s first batch of graduates from a new ‘Kingsbury Curriculum Scheme’ which encourages students to volunteer and engage in the local community.

As part of the volunteering-based scheme, he introduced the four pet fish – Abbie, Dave, Matt and Feathery - to the school’s reception to create a nicer school environment.

Aaron was just one of 300 year-eight students graduating from the new two-year programme and picked up his certificate at a ceremony held at the Watford Colosseum.

He said: “I didn’t know I’d graduated with Distinction. I was surprised, absolutely gob-smacked and so were my parents, they felt very proud.

“My journey to graduation has given me many new experiences, I have learnt so much about myself and the world around me,” he added.

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The series of experiences the students undertake, called the ‘Kingsbury Guarantee’, are aimed at stretching their talents and abilities. Students were given the chance to get out of the classroom and into some real-world experience by completing community projects, organising events and taking part in residential activities.

The graduation ceremony showcased their many talents, with speeches, music and dance.

Jeremy Waxman, head teacher, said, “Our wonderful graduation ceremony at the Watford Colosseum shows that we have taken pride in achievement to new levels. And we have transformed the experience that our students receive in their first two years, from a long, slow, warm-up to an education with urgency, a broad set of experiences, and early intervention for those who arrive without the skills needed to succeed at secondary level.”