Huge surge in visitors at University Academy Holbeach open evening

Ben Whiting, Hayden Dawson and Owen Clarke build a computer. SG220916-204TW

Ben Whiting, Hayden Dawson and Owen Clarke build a computer. SG220916-204TW

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University Academy Holbeach (UAH) had a massive surge in visitors to watch students at work in an exciting array of activities at the annual open evening.

Archaeology detectives were recreating a king in a car park moment, youngsters were building computers, there was WW2 rations tasting and more as the school gave visitors the opportunity to glimpse the variety of everyday life in the Holbeach classrooms.

Brandon Flowers and Ben Garratt working in resistant materials. SG220916-208TW

Brandon Flowers and Ben Garratt working in resistant materials. SG220916-208TW

Principal Steve Baragwanath said: “It was a very successful evening. We had 97 families on guided tours during the open day and that was up from 39 families last year.

“We gave out 298 sets of prospectuses on the evening and we nearly ran out.”

UAH sixth formers and Year 11s recorded top notch exam results this summer and Mr Baragwanath believes that success is one of the reasons for the school’s growing popularity.

He says the school has had very good Ofsted reports and is also benefiting from word of mouth recommendations.

Lexie Halpin, Lily Crick and Poppy Gilling working in fabric design and technology. SG220916-210TW

Lexie Halpin, Lily Crick and Poppy Gilling working in fabric design and technology. SG220916-210TW

“We were vastly oversubscribed last year,” said Mr Baragwanath. “I think we had over 70 more first preferences than we had spaces for.”

Mr Baragwanath praised the students and staff for their hard work in making in the open evening such a success. The enthusiasm of students and staff was matched by positive comments from visitors.

Student archaeologists Lia Malton, Scarlet Lewis, Shannon Malton, Cory Brook and Benjamin Harcourt-Sharpe recreate a king in the car park moment. SG220916-211TW

Student archaeologists Lia Malton, Scarlet Lewis, Shannon Malton, Cory Brook and Benjamin Harcourt-Sharpe recreate a king in the car park moment. SG220916-211TW

Alfie Condron and Leia Smith with WW2 ration recipe apple tarts. SG220916-212TW

Alfie Condron and Leia Smith with WW2 ration recipe apple tarts. SG220916-212TW

Students making music gamelan style. SG220916-214TW

Students making music gamelan style. SG220916-214TW

Tyre change with Ellie and Jack Butcher, Jessie Githiri and Joshua Lambert. SG220916-216TW

Tyre change with Ellie and Jack Butcher, Jessie Githiri and Joshua Lambert. SG220916-216TW