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Action and Adventure at the Academy Open Evening

posted 29 Sep 2015, 08:31 by Web Admin   [ updated 9 Oct 2015, 08:34 ]

'Secret Agent' Theme to Open Evening is a Mission Possible!

Felixstowe Academy welcomed hundreds of local Primary School students and their families to the annual Open Evening for an event packed full of exciting challenges and activities that encouraged them to interact with students, staff and facilities.

Academy students and staff creatively planned the event around a ‘Secret Agent’ theme, as our visitors were presented on arrival with ‘Mission Documents’ to guide them around the Academy campus.  As ‘Trainee Secret Agents’ our visitors tested their skills to crack codes, pass under-cover agent interviews, dodge laser beams, solve puzzles and uncover secrets and mysteries!

Principal Mr Williams welcomed pupils, parents and carers to the Academy as part of a presentation in the Main Hall.  Mr Williams highlighted key areas of focus for the Academy would be ‘on improving the quality of teaching and learning, improved curriculum provision and excellent care and support.’  He went on to say that ‘going forward the Academy would focus on Integrity, Inspiration and Influence in building a strong ethos and vision for our community, with Teaching and Learning at the core of what we are.’

Mr Williams was joined in his presentation by Year 8 students Charlotte Wright and Ella Jones, and Sixth Form students Caitlin Lawrence and Niamh Bennett.

Charlotte and Ella shared with our visitors the excitement they found in learning different subject areas and having great resources.  They highlighted Project Based Learning as a great way of building personal skills and the ‘brilliant Science resources available to students at the Academy allow you to take part in experiments right from Year 7’.

Charlotte reassured the younger visitors by explaining that ‘teachers at the Academy make you feel grown up and independent, but they are always there to help you if need them’, whilst Ella loved the fact that ‘Project Based Learning helps you to develop subject skills linked to the outside world in topics such as creating a book about Felixstowe and the Dragon’s Den business project.’  Ella signed off their presentation by sharing that ‘we love being at Felixstowe Academy and can’t wait to see what this brings us in the future.’

Caitlin and Niamh explained that they too had recently been in the same position as the Year 6 pupils, although they were selecting a Sixth Form rather than a school.  Both students shared their reasons behind the decision to choose Felixstowe Academy, highlighting the support they received as well as the range of extra-curricular activities that supported learning.

Caitlin loved the fact that ‘teachers will find out about your preferred learning styles, your strengths and weaknesses to help you to improve.’  She went on to add that her selection of A Level subjects at Sixth Form were based on the support she had received from teachers.  This support had given her ‘a love for the subject and the inspiration to become an English Teacher as a career in the future’.

Niamh explained that she loved the fact that Felixstowe Academy offered a range of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.  She highlighted the Academy’s participation in the Shakespeare Schools Festival and National Theatre Connections project that gave students the opportunity to perform in professional theatres, and identified partnerships with organisations such as the Felixstowe Book Festival that give students the chance to listen to, and interview, published authors.

Niamh concluded her presentation by emphasising that these opportunities were not just for older students, saying ‘we had over 120 students turn up for auditions for the Academy production of Bugsy Malone, many of which were Year 7 students.  If you join the Academy in September this could be you!’

There are many transition activities planned for pupils in Year 5 and 6 over the next academic year that will give pupils the chance to familiarise themselves with the excellent resources and staff before making the move from Primary School.  Alongside this Mr Williams will arrange opportunities for parents to visit the Academy over the next academic year to see the Academy community in action during the day.

If you would like further information about applying to join Felixstowe Academy please click here or to click on the link to view the latest Prospectus.