Year 6 pupils and their parents get the chance to watch a teacher blowing up volcanoes this week as Calne’s Kingsbury Green Academy holds its Open Evening for those deciding on their preferred choice of senior school.
Geography teacher Mr Wiley will be the teacher introducing pupils to the wonders of volcanoes, while elsewhere the history department will be challenging children and parents to see if they could survive World War II. Those who are curious about science can try their hands at dissection, test the colour of fireworks and send waves through flames.
Food technology staff will be helping visitors create new flavours of popcorn, and lovers of English can join in post-it poetry and have a game of Play Your Shakespeare Cards Right.
Staff will also be on hand to explain about the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme, in which students are encouraged and supported to take part. Around 100 students at Kingsbury Green Academy take part in the scheme every year.
Kingsbury Green Academy’s results have seen a year-on-year improvement since headteacher Jason Tudor was appointed in 2015, and is now the first school of choice in Calne and the surrounding area.
The school is renowned not only for its excellent academic results, but also for its wide range of extra-curricular activities. Despite the pandemic, the school runs clubs for students interested in playing instruments, trying different sports, drama, dance and technology. The extra-curricular clubs include guitar, ukulele, sign-language, allotments, chess, maths, music technology, trampolining, Pokemon and the student newspaper.
Mr Tudor said the Open Evenings are always great fun, as well as being an opportunity for parents to see the school and its staff in action.
“Our motto is ‘achieving excellence together’,” said Mr Tudor.
“That means that at Kingsbury Green Academy, we will support your child to be the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.
“As someone who grew up on a council estate where aspirations weren’t very high, I really believe in the power of education to change young people’s lives.
“My colleagues and I strive to be inclusive and cater for the needs of all our students, and if you’re aspirational for your child to reach their own potential, while having a really positive school experience, come and see us. We think you’ll find we’re the school for you.”
Kingsbury Green Academy’s open evening for Year 6 pupils and their families this Thursday . The school opens at 5.45pm and there is no need to book. Mr Tudor will be speaking about the school in the main hall at 6pm and again at 6.45pm.