Inspiring Minds and “so much fun” at Weydon School Open Evening

Weydon School opened its doors for its annual Open Evening on Wednesday 20th September. Despite the weather, around 500 families explored the site for a fantastic display of all that Weydon offers.

Alongside exhibits of work and conversations with teachers, the hands-on activities were the main attraction. The school prides itself on ‘inspiring minds’ and the range of activities certainly sparked interest and excitement amongst the visiting students. Some highlights included the international food tasting in the Languages department, screen printing your own tote bag in Design & Technology, a Jaffa cake taste test demonstrating the value of branding in Business Studies, playing table tennis in the sports hall and would you rather in PSHE, amazing hands on Science experiment (using fire was particularly exciting) and illustrating Weydon’s wall in History.

Even the school catering firm, Innovate, joined in the fun, offering taster samples of food available from the onsite outlets and visitors could also sample Weydon’s very own honey.

One mum commented “As a parent with a daughter already in the school the main objective of the evening was for my younger daughter to get to experience Weydon and be excited at the prospect of joining the school next September. Well the evening certainly did that!  We arrived at 4, expecting to say for an hour and we left nearly three hours later!  I was impressed with the amount of hands on opportunities for the children - this really made a difference to the whole experience - as did the chance to try food on the way round. My daughter was really engaged by all the science demonstrations too and the story book and humanities competitions. When she got home her first words to her dad were 'That was so much fun!’. I think that sums it up - a job well done!

Around 1600 pupils aged 11-16 years attend Weydon and the large campus is home to numerous sports pitches and sports hall, a state of the art theatre and music room, modern student support building, Design & Technology area, engaging Learning Resources Centre as well as traditional classrooms. Current students were on hand to act as tour guides and showed visitors around their school with pride.

This annual event was kindly sponsored by local Estate Agents Andrew Lodge. If you would like to tour the school, ‘school in action’ tours are available throughout the year, please visit our 'Visiting Us' page.