Stunning Open Evening

Stunning Open Evening

Thursday 21st September turned out to be one of the most successful nights at our Academy as we opened the doors to over 450 visitors for a fun filled, action packed Open Evening.

We were delighted to share our Academy with all  of our visitors, who helped make the Open Evening a truly memorable occasion. The atmosphere was one of excitement, as the entire academy came together to shine a light on just what a great academy we are and why Ofsted rated us as “good with outstanding features.” Parents and pupils from a plethora of local primary schools were welcomed at our reception by our budding musicians who performed a host of tracks, before our proud prefects began taking visitors around the academy for what one parent described as, “unbelievable” tours.

Our canteen area was a hive of activity as visitors got chance to sample the high quality food on offer, as well as meet our governors, Parents; Teachers and Friends Association, and our art staff, who showed their creativity in leading an activity of turning recycled bottles into poppies.  Visitors were then invited into the main hall where Principal Mr Lowry gave a welcoming speech after Head Boy Wan and Head Girl Chloe had showcased their pride at representing the academy. Throughout the academy, staff and students wowed parents and pupils as each faculty took on a theme and played their part in a hugely successful night. The performance faculty invited visitors to take part in table tennis and glow fit; music and drama put on shows with African drums; creative technologies impressed with computer science; bread making and key ring design; a Spanish tapas bar welcomed visitors to the first floor with a calming religious education room allowing parents and pupils to make a wish for the world.

History allowed visitors to experience life in the trenches; geography talked us through natural disasters; Maths had a stunning carnival of numeracy that included ten pin bowling and giant jenga. Science truly astounded all with brilliant experiments including one of our teachers creating fireballs; whilst our English faculty entertained all with an Alice in Wonderland tea-party.

Parents and students loved the items that they made and took home such as bookmarks and keyrings, as well as taking part in the “spot the white rabbit” that saw hundreds of prizes handed out.

Director of Recruitment and Transition Mrs Garrity said:

“It was an amazing evening that created a buzz that I’ve never experienced before.”

Principal Mr Lowry said:

“What I saw tonight was a staff and student population that raised the bar on what had been done before.”