Mayor joins in the fun at academy

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The Ripley Town Council mayor joined in the fun at The Ripley Academy’s open evening.

Councillor Roland Emmas Williams had his picture taken with two students, Sophie Matharu and Shannon Maxted, both 14, in the photography studio which had been set up to showcase the photography course at the academy.

More than 100 students from Year 7 and the academy’s new prefects helped out on the night, giving prospective parents guided tours, talking to parents and supporting teachers running activities.

As well as the photo studio on display, the Modern Foreign Languages department ran a tapas bar and Design and Technology staff showed off computer systems used to design and manufacture products.

The academy’s new Principal Carey Ayres and Rob McDonough, chief executive of the East Midlands Education Trust, both spoke to visiting parents, carers and students of Years 4, 5 and 6. from local primary schools.

Students from Years 7 and 11 at the academy talked to visitors about what they liked at the academy and Year 11 students spoke about changes they had seen since September.

Chris Endacott, Assistant Principal at the academy, said the open evening had been a great success.

He said: “It was lovely to see so many of our students giving up their time freely to show off their academy to prospective parents.

“The feedback from parents was very positive with parents mentioning the warm welcome they had received from our students.”