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Acorn Assembly 2020

News ‐ 2 Oct 2020

The Acorn Assembly is a very special event that takes place at the start of every student's time at the academy.

Initiated by our patron, Sir Jack Petchey, every year 7 student receives a small wooden acorn in the assembly and we hope that they keep it throughout their time here and beyond as a reminder about what they are capable of.

The acorn symbolises the potential inside of every young person. Just like an acorn, under the right conditions and circumstances that fulfil and exceed the needs of an acorn, they grow in to a magnificent oak tree. We believe that every student is full of untapped potential and the academy's goal is to inspire and support every student to fulfil that potential. 

Andrew Billington, our first Chair of Governors, delivered an inspirational tale about former students overcoming the odds stacked against them and utlimately achieving success. There was a video message from Nic Bruce, Sir Jack's grandson, and best of all were some words of wisdom from the man himself, Sir Jack Petchey. Our year 7 students haven't had the opportunity to meet Sir Jack in person due to ill health and Covid, so it was wonderful to be able to hear and see him on the screen.