'Outstanding' Trust Gathers Support As Parents Visit Academy Open Evening

Vinnie Martin (10) from Kidgate Primary, and Year 8 Louth Academy student Charlotte Shelley (12) in the Science Department at the Year 6 Open Evening.

Parents were full of praise for Tollbar Multi Academy Trust's leadership when Louth Academy held its Year 6 Open Evening.

"The Trust has been outstanding with my daughter, she has blossomed since they took over and my son wouldn't go anywhere else," said mum Jane Cox.

Despite dismal weather, there was a very large turnout for the Open Evening at the Lower Campus, where Louth Academy Executive Principal, Martin Brown, told parents: "The important thing tonight is that you look around our fantastic new facilities, and talk to our students about their experience here."

"Tollbar Multi Academy Trust chose to use all of its Schools Capital Allocation Fund to refurbish the Lower Campus this year and you will see as you walk around that we are exceptionally well resourced. Louth Academy is a great place to be, both for the students and the staff who work here," he said.

The Open Evening gave primary pupils and their families the opportunity to look around the Academy prior to making their secondary school choices for September 2020. Applications for all schools must be made to LCC by October 31 2019. Louth Academy's published admission number for Year 7 is 180, although the Academy can accept above PAN in certain circumstances.

The current Year 7 is all but full, and Rob Colbert, Vice Principal of Louth Academy Lower Campus, believes that its caring and secure learning environment and exceptional pastoral care have played a large part in its popularity.

"Pastoral care is extremely important to us and our dedicated members of staff are available to help students and their families with any queries they may have.

"Louth Academy has also shown marked improvements in Teaching and Learning since it opened in 2017, with a continued rise in its Attainment 8 scores. Attainment 8 measures a student's average grade across eight subjects. In 2017, it was 31.8, last year it was 35.98 and this year it is 38.92. We set high academic standards here and we continue to strive for excellence in all areas, including our students' behaviour and dress," he said.

Students from all year groups acted as guides for visitors on the night, showing them Science experiments, dance demonstrations, drumming sessions and mouth-watering treats cooked up by the students.

Joe Harries (10), who attends Kidgate Primary, took part in activities in the state-of-the-art multi-gym, with his sister Daniella, who now attends Louth Academy Upper Campus in Year 11. Daniella said: "Louth Academy is so good. I love it. The Trust has made such a difference."

Shayla Watts said her daughter Jade (10), who attends Lacey Gardens Primary, was also very impressed with the facilities. "She particularly likes Art and Music and she loved the Music Room. It is all really nice."

Joe Harries (10), from Kidgate Primary, gets to grips with the new gym equipment at Louth Academy watched by his sister Daniella, a Year 11 student.

Jaycee Wilson (10) and Amelia Lockwood (10), both from St Michael's Primary, sample some of the students' food at the Open Evening. With them are Year 8 students Mia Thomas (12) and Alexa Stainton (12).

Playing the African drums are Primary pupils Kaidi Taylor (10) and Nancy Baker (9), with (back row) Louth Academy students Evie Lancaster (13), Emily Homer (14), Lisa Campbell (13) and Jazmyn Copeland (13).

Jade Watts (10), from Lacey Gardens, with Jack McSpadden (12), Year 8, and Jake McSpadden (11), Year 7, in one of the new ICT classrooms at Louth Academy.

Amelia Ballard (10) from Lacey Gardens, and Melissa Dixon (9) from Kidgate Primary, in Design and Technology with Louth Academy Year 7 students, Jessica MacDonald (11), Eloise Hopkinson (11), Georgia Chamberlain (11) and Mollie Leggott (11).

Louth Academy lunchtime and evening Dance Club members put on a display from "The Greatest Showman" for visitors at The Open Evening.

Year 9 student Lisa Campbell (13) plays the piano for visitors in the Music Department at Louth Academy.

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Martin Brown
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