The end of our first year

Atlantic Academy has now closed for the summer. Here are some of the highlights from our first year:

Our first year at Atlantic Academy has just flown by, and as the term draws to a close, we reflect on the highlights and achievements over the last 12 months. Students have very much enjoyed their learning in our inspirational setting, where our spacious classrooms allow flexibility in lesson design and delivery. From creating tableaux of slavery in Roman times, to culinary masterpieces, forensic science crime scenes to a bespoke art gallery, this year has seen a wealth of creativity and imagination in the classroom.

Students celebrated their first Atlantic Academy sports day, with the hall echoing to the cheers of the whole school as students competed for the coveted gold medals. This was replicated in our sports festival where pupils from Woolsery school were inspired by Sport’s Leaders to try new activities. Our primary school club proved popular with students from both Hartland and Woolsery using specialist facilities with much enthusiasm.

Performance continued in our music and drama curriculum, with students of all ages performing in the Soundwave festival as well as students joining local schools for the Royal Shakespeare Company school’s production of Romeo and Juliet at Launceston Castle. Two students then traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon for the National production; a truly memorable experience.

Our student adventures also took us to Exeter University for the ‘Space Day’, with the planetarium proving a big hit. We visited Westward Ho!, Clovelly Dyke and Buck’s Mills for geography fieldwork as well as many students visiting FE colleges and universities to consider future educational steps.

Feedback from local employers has been impressive, from Year 10 work experience to mock interviews and careers talks. Students have been able to communicate clearly and enthusiastically, showing essential skills to make them work ready. Our final careers event of the year sees the construction team from Wilmott Dixon back on site, working through engineering challenges and supporting students with a local beach clean.

We will also be presenting more Duke of Edinburgh awards as the term comes to a close. Students have completed their Bronze and Silver Expeditions in recent weeks, complete with singing, laughter and the odd blister! Students also complete skills, physical and community service activities as part of the award, and we hope to support students moving onto the Gold award next year.

Our preparations for the next academic year are well underway, having welcomed our new Year 7 students for their induction days. Term starts on the 3rd September, with our open evening on Tuesday 24th September. We welcome visits from prospective parents and student at any time by appointment; come and see what it would be like to join our school community.