Hartlepool students reach for the STARS

17th June 2022

Brougham Primary School, in Hartlepool, recognised the achievements of a student this week, by naming a star after her. The CEO of Ad Astra Trust, Andy Brown, dropped into the school to give the student a certificate announcing the naming of star ‘Imogen’ to celebrate and reward her accomplishments.


Imogen was the first student at Brougham to collect all 5 STARS awards. Ad Astra Trust developed the STARS system wherein students are recognised through 5 categories of excellence:

Students receive their awards for their work in school but also their achievements out of school. Imogen was the first student to achieve every category of the awards. The Trust chose to recognise Imogen for her teamwork and involvement in netball, becoming a member of the local Big Tidy Up initiative, becoming a Science Ambassador, going above and beyond with her homework and for gaining 5 Brougham Brilliance stamps for outstanding schoolwork.

To the stars

Ad Astra recognised Imogen for all her hard work, aiming to let her know how proud they were of her. As well as a visit from the Trusts CEO and naming a star after her, Brougham also shared Imogen’s achievements through their social media channels.

Gemma Kelly, Deputy Head Teacher at Brougham Primary commented:

“At Brougham Primary School, we celebrate the achievements of pupils, both in and out of school. Achieving all 5 of the Ad Astra STARS awards is a fantastic achievement. Ad Astra means ‘to the stars’ so we thought what better way to celebrate pupil successes than something as special as having a star named after them!”

Schools North East is delighted to see schools in the North East celebrate and promote achievements in unique and imaginative ways. As we approach the end of this academic year, students who have gone above and beyond, despite the challenges of receiving a ‘normal’ education through the pandemic deserve to be acknowledged for their accomplishments.

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