At the end of our first full week back in the Academy, I must say that it is a pleasure to be here. Students have settled into the new academic year quickly, and there is a fresh sense of purpose around the building.
It was great to see so many of our Year 9 and 10 students taking the time to join Year 11 at the Careers Fair this week. This fair was the biggest that we have held so far, and saw more than forty organisations come into the Academy to talk to students about careers, courses and apprenticeships. The visitors gave very positive feedback about the students after the event, as did some of the student and parents who attended, so a very successful and valuable event all round.
Wythenshawe has been put firmly on the map, and some of the stereotypical views of the area dispelled, as BBC Radio Manchester spent the week broadcasting their shows live from the town centre. On Friday, a group of our students visited as part of a focus on young people and aspirations, sharing their role models with Mike Sweeney live on air. The students were a credit to themselves, asking great questions about careers in broadcasting and related areas, and I am very proud of them.
During last term we were honoured to host BBC journalist and presenter, Steph McGovern, as she officially opened our new building. Since then, Children’s BBC moved into the Academy for the summer to film a new series of their school-based comedy Class Dismissed. We are looking forward to seeing the results in the new year, and spotting students and staff of the Academy appearing as extras. It is lovely to be able to share the Academy’s fantastic facilities like this, which is made possible by the work of our site team who work so hard to keep the estate so smart throughout the year.
Thank you to the parents and carers of our students for your support in making such a great start to the school year, and to the students and staff who are working with such alacrity – I am looking forward to what the year will bring, and I hope you are too.