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Amazing Turnout For Academy’s First Face-To-Face Open Evening In Two Years

Louth Academy has a brand new library and visitors got to see it for the first time at the Open Evening. Pictured is Academy Principal Philip Dickinson with visiting pupils, Izzy Thorndyke (11), Charlie Thomas (10), Anya Ess (10) and English Teacher Miss Chloe Barker.

Almost 400 people turned out for Louth Academy’s first face-to-face Open Evening in two years, following the lifting of severe COVID restrictions.

The event still involved a number of safety measures which meant that  visitors toured the Lower Site in small groups led by teaching staff, and the Main Hall talks were unable to take place.

This did not deter parents and prospective pupils, however, who were queueing to get in as the doors opened. The event showcased the Academy’s extraordinary facilities, resources, courses and teaching staff and gave Year 6 pupils a glimpse of what is on offer when they join the school next September.

Philip Dickinson, Louth Academy Principal, who greeted visitors at the door, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to showcase the Academy this evening after what has been a difficult 18 months due to COVID restrictions. We remain cautious and have a number of safety measures in place tonight to protect everyone, but we hope that we can still give visitors a taste of what we have to offer pupils here at Louth Academy.

“As a member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, we are privileged to have some fantastic facilities, both here at the Lower Site and at the Upper Site on Monks’ Dyke Road. Year 6 pupils who join us next year will begin at the Lower Site here where Years 7 and 8 have the large campus to themselves.”

The Open Evening offered visitors a taste of every subject on offer to students, from the Academic to Sport and Music. Facilities such as the well-equipped Fitness Suite - the Academy has one at both the Lower and Upper Sites - were greeted with enthusiasm by parents and pupils. Each department, from English, to Modern Foreign Languages, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, ICT,  Art, Food Technology, RE, PE and Music, put on a raft of interactive activities to awaken the senses of the visiting groups and whet the appetite of prospective pupils. Current students were also on hand to give their views of life at the Academy.

Year 6 pupil Roxanne Emmerson (10) said: “It is a really modern, bright and welcoming school. I really like it.”

Callum Drew, who only joined the Academy this month in Year 7, said he was really enjoying it and particularly loved learning about History. Callum took part in a demonstration of a wartime helmet in History.

Visitors also got a first look at the Academy’s brand new library and, following the tour, they were able to sample some of the delicious lunches in the canteen.

Mr Dickinson said he was delighted with the turnout and especially the positive comments from parents and pupils. “It was a pleasure to be able to have visitors inside the Academy again and I am overwhelmed by the positivity from everyone. We look forward to seeing many of those here tonight joining us next September.”

Visitors Steve, Angela and Annabel Ellis (10) in the Geography Department with Mr Nick Barton (Curriculum Leader For Geography) at Louth Academy Open Evening.

Ellena Bartup and Ethan Bartup (11) chat with Mrs Meicah Pickwell (Curriculum Leader for Technology) and Mr Andrew Whitehouse (Deputy CL for Technology) at the Open Evening at Louth Academy. 

Science Teacher Mr Tom Keningale and Technician Amy Clayton thrill the Open Evening visitors with a Science experiment.

 Visiting the Science Department are 10-year-olds (l-r) Mabel Cron, Marnie Watson and Scarlett Barber.

Guests see some of the current students’ artwork on display at Louth Academy Open Evening.

Roxanne Emmerson (10) and mum Amy Drewery are pictured visiting the Art Department.

William and Edward Thornes (10) chat to Mrs Morgan Middleton (Curriculum Leader for Art).

Visitors to History took part in an interactive competition.

Callum Drew (Year 7) showcases a wartime helmet with Mr Lawrence Fisher (CL for History).

Daniel Smith, Josh Smith (10) and James Kirkby (10), with Mrs Fiona Shaw (RE Teacher).

Some of the fantastic lunchtime food on offer to sample at the Open Evening.

Trying out the Graphics Tablets in ICT are visitors Becky Jarron, twins Sophie and Alice Jarron (10) and Oliver Jarron. They are pictured with ICT Teacher Mr Mike Caldwell.

Frances Cooke and daughter Willow (10) meet Louth Academy Principal Philip Dickinson in the Maths Department at the Open Evening. Also pictured is Teacher Mrs Jordan Szerlowski.

Students use the rowing machines in the Fitness Suite at Louth Academy.

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