06:02AM, Sunday 31 March 2013
It was a day to remember for pupils at Wessex Primary School in Maidenhead as they 'graduated with honours'.
The school in St Adrians Close has been carrying out its very own degree-inspired programme on Tuesday afternoons throughout the term.
'Enrolling' in subjects including journalism, archaeology and badminton pupils from reception to year six had the option of choosing from 31 different courses.
On Tuesday their hard work was rewarded as five graduation ceremonies took place throughout the day with parents invited to watch.
Dressed in graduation gowns two pupils from each course gave a speech to their fellow classmates about what they had learned this term.
They were then invited to the stage to be handed a certificate to mark their achievement.
"It was fantastic," said deputy headteacher Helen Maskell.
"The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves."
The idea behind the degree programme was to help raise children's expectations when they leave school and to give them the chance learn new skills and work with different students.
"I think they were impressed that they were given the opportunity to learn beyond the normal curriculum," added Helen.
Plans are already in place to repeat the degree programme in the future.
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