An end of year celebration was held to mark youngsters completing a programme that teaches them about their heritage and inspires them to aim high.
Goldington Green Academy in Bedford has been running the Black Children’s Achievement Programme for eight years.
It began as a two year local pilot involving two schools and now runs alongside the Aiming High programme at Goldington Green Academy, which aims to raise achievement for specific ethnic groups.
Workshops with children focus on family heritage, research of famous black role models and various activities that are linked to celebrating who they are.
School equality and diversity manager Tracy Wilson said: “Our standards have been raised in terms of attainment for this specific group of children. They have achieved all their personal targets and they have thoroughly enjoyed the workshops.
“They have been able to explore their family heritage, which is good for their self esteem. It is important to know where you are from going forward in your life.”
Different cultural events are celebrated throughout the school year, including Multi-Cultural Week and Black History Month and pupils are given heritage bags to take home and fill with items linked to their culture.
Ms Wilson said: “Celebrating cultural diversity is embedded within our curriculum and school life.”
On Friday, parents, grandparents and carers attended the school to watch pupils give presentations on famous black people and their heritage. They received certificates and T shirts to mark the end of the programme.
Caribbean food was provided by Miss Brown, a grandparent of the school, and steel pan music was performed by Jamani from Hearts A Glow.