Virtual Open Evening

Is your child starting secondary school in September 2021?

This page is designed to help you get to know our academy. We know that COVID-19 makes it harder for you to get to see all the schools in the area, but we hope this virtual experience will help.

We encourage families thinking about applying, to spend time working through all the resources on this page. We are also offering guided tours on the evening of Tuesday 22 September - see the bottom of this page for details.

And if this page doesn't answer all your questions, please get in touch via the form below.

Watch the video:

A welcome from our Headteacher, Mrs McMorrow.

A welcome video from Headteacher Mrs McMorrow

Watch the video:

'Proud: a year in the life of our academy'.

This video shows you what our school life is like. It was filmed between July 2019 and February 2020.

Find out what Academy Life is like by watching this video

Take a virtual tour of our school!

Watch this video walkaround of our academy and see our building and facilities.

And have a look at these photos of our brand new murals!

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Download our Minecraft version of the academy, - and take yourself on a tour!

Executive Headteacher Mr Brice and his family built a Minecraft version of our academy.

It was built from the original architects' plans, and is very accurate.

You can tour around the academy yourself this way!

Instructions and downloads


Please ask an adult before installing anything.

This Minecraft version of the academy was created on MinecraftPE for iPad. You can upload it to an iOS device or an Android device. There is also a PC (Java) version also below.

On an iPad…

You can download the MinecraftPE zip file by clicking this link.

Save the downloaded zip file on your iPad by selecting the Files app and navigate to …

On My iPad / Minecraft / games / com.mojang / minecraftWorlds

Once it is in this folder, you will need to click on it to extract it.

Restart your Minecraft app and the world will appear for you to choose.

On a PC…

A version for PC version (Java) can be downloaded here

You will need to put it in your appdata/.minecraft/saves folder and extract it.

What can you do in our Minecraft academy?

Go explore

Just go for a wander and find your way around. can you find the…

  • Theatre

  • Climbing Wall

  • Dining Hall

  • Sports Hall

  • and the different subject areas?

Take on a challenge:

  • find the Music Practice Room and ring the bell !

  • find the Sports Hall and jump on the trampoline (how high can you go?)

  • find the 10 enchanted apples – they are dotted around the academy.

  • decorate a room and share your creation (you will need to change to Creative mode)

Find out more about our offer:

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A wealth of information about our Library and services for students
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Lunches and Free School Meals
Learn about our Family (House) system

Our main school website also has a wealth of information for families.

Ask us a question.

Guided tours

Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Appointments slots are being offered between 5pm and 7.30pm.

Book your places online at

We are using an online ticket system called TicketSource to book appointments. The 'tickets' are free - the system lets us ensure that only 6 people are booked on to each tour.

COVID-19 means that we can’t offer our usual Open Evening where you can explore the school and meet our staff and students. We understand that you may be wary of visiting our school during the current infection levels. We also know how important it is to see our school yourself.

If you wish to book a tour, please read these notes carefully.

  1. Tours are strictly by appointment only, and you must arrive at your allotted time.

  2. Each tour has a maximum of six people. You will be asked to keep your distance from other groups, and from other households in the same group.

  3. Do not visit our school if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

  4. Visitors are asked to wear face masks unless you have a medical reason not to. Our staff will also be wearing masks.

  5. You will be asked to sanitise your hands on arrival.

  6. The tour will follow a specific route and only go into certain rooms. Please avoid touching things and do not go into any rooms that your guide doesn’t take you into.

We hope you will see that these rules are in place for your safety, as well as the safety of our staff and our students.