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Lord Lieutenant Visit

Staff and students were delighted this week to receive a visit from the Queen’s Representative Lord Lieutenant Andrew Coombe. The Lord Lieutenant had shown considerable previous interest in the challenging circumstances of the area and has in fact recently walked the streets of Page Hall and Burngreave to talk to the local community and see first-hand what problems they faced.

Lord Lieutenant

He was pleased to be touring the school on an ‘Enrichment Day’ which was dedicated to learning and applying new employability skills and he visited several ‘STEM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) activities engaging with the students and the staff. He also observed students building ‘dioramas’ in English, he met and encouraged the Y11 students in their revision work in the outstanding Science Department in the school and he met with a Y9 group preparing a presentation on ‘Skills for Apprenticeships’ which they were delivering to officials from the Department of Work & Pensions.

The Lord Lieutenant was very heartened by what he saw, commenting particularly on the calm, and inclusive nature of the school with students of dozens of nationalities working amicably together on projects.

Headteacher Breffni Martin commented:

“These have been such a successful few years for Fir Vale Academy, being awarded the ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, winning the National top 10% Award for Progress in 2015, being chosen as a successful ‘Focus School’ in the 2016 Parliamentary Review and being described by Philip Hammond as one of the great education success stories of the past 15 years”.

The Lord Lieutenant will continue his supportive relationship with the school being the ‘Guest of Honour’ at the 2017 Fir Vale Presentation & Awards Evening and with his honorary involvement in the establishment of the flagship ‘Fir Vale Cadet Medical Corps’ in partnership with the armed forces and the NHS.


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